Middle English Dictionary Entry

loppe n.(1)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1.
(a) A spider; ~ web, a spider's web, cobweb; (b) a flea; (c) pl. the flies of the fourth plague of Egypt; (d) in surnames and place names [see Smith PNElem. 2.26].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1450 PPl.B (Corp-O 201)5.197 : Lappe syʒd it semede [Ld: He was bitelbrowed…with a hode on his hed…And in a tauny tabarde…Al totorne and baudy and ful of lys crepynge.
  • Note: New collocation, prob. for (b)