Middle English Dictionary Entry

bleik adj.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Of complexion: pallid, sallow, pale; (b) whitish, white.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.87rb (3.2) : Þat þe cercle is remys in colour, i. bleik and wan and mykel toward water is by cause of frigidite þat letteth & febleþ þe kynde hete þat schulde be in the cerebre.
  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.89vb (3.3) : Þat þe burbles bene watrish, i. bleke and watre, wan & gret and bolne, it seiþ þat þer is mykel grete ventosite in the body.
  • Note: Additional quots. Referring to urine samples. ?Modify gloss. Editor's gloss: 'white, pale, sallow, wan'.
  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.78vb (2.13) : Galienus techeþ..5 reules for to knowe aposteme of þe lyuer fro aposteme of þe ribbes..Þe 3 poynt is þat if it be o þe lyuer, þe body is wonder lene & wan and bleik.
  • Note: Additional quot., ?perh. sense 1.(a), or ?modify gloss.