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: NF
    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