Middle English Dictionary Entry

blēchen v.(1)
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Entry Info

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To bleach (cloth); (b) blaght as snou (whales bon), white as snow, ivory.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1425 *Treat.Uroscopy (Wel 225)455/1786 : If þe blud be wel wrongon oute..it blechys & turnys toward whyt.
  • Note: We have no intrans. usage in entry--per MJW
  • a1300 Sln.146 Gloss.(Sln 146)296/246 : Cameleonta: angl. ybleche thistel.
  • Note: New spelling
    Note: Doesn't seem likely is "blotched" - OD says that blotch appears early 17th c. w. no cognates in other langs. Derives from onomatopoetic form of blot v.--per MJW

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400(1379) *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.85vb (2.14) : Vryn grene and litle seiþ noʒt but deth, and namely if it stynke. Or if þou tak a drop þerof & put it on þi nayle or on þi fyngre or on þi honde, it blecheþ and barkeþ þe place.
  • ?c1400(1379) *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.110vb (3.19) : When þe blode is wrongen oute, as the Yrish men serue here fleishe þat þai eten, or elles if it be soden or rostede os we Englismen done, þe fleishe blecheþ & torneth toward his propre colour.
  • a1425 *Treat.Uroscopy (BodeMus 187:Harvey)f.45r (2.9) : Grete frigidite kyndely blecheþ þe vryn, i. makeþ white.
Note: Additional quots., sense (a). ?Modify gloss. 'Whitens, bleaches (cloth, skin, urine, etc.)'