Middle English Dictionary Entry

thridden-dē̆l n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) The third part of something, one-third; a quantity one-third as great as some other quantity; sethen to (in-to) ~, wellen to ~, to boil (sth.) until one-third remains; (b) a unit of liquid measure, often equivalent to one-third of a gallon [see Zupko Dictionary of English Weights and Measures for the British Isles s.v. thredendel].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1475 Yale-BA.Artist.Recipes (Yale-BA R486.M43 1450) 88/11 : To temper asure grynde hit on a stone, þe thyrdendele of gomme and twyes so moche of water.
  • a1500 StJ-C.B.15 Artist.Recipes (StJ-C B.15) 216/11 : Tak blank plum and the threddedel of rde and tempre hem togedre.
  • Note: Additional quots., sense (a). New spellings.