Middle English Dictionary Entry

mundifīen v.
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Entry Info

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Med. & surg. (a) To cleanse (a wound or infection); (b) to cleanse the body internally; (c) to purify blood, medicine, or grease; (d) to cleanse and clarify (the complexion).

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.67va (2.9) : Þat oþer partie of melancolie is sent to þe splene by cause of nede & of helpe, boþe for to fode & norisshe the splene & for to mundefie, i. to clense, al þe body.
  • Note: Antedates word. Prob. sense (b).
  • a1425 Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (BodeMus 187:Harvey)f.3v (1.3) : When 'epar' mundefiede, i. purgede or clensede, þe mater of þe blode, þan descendeþ þe moste substance, i. vryn.
  • Note: Additional quot., sense (c).