Middle English Dictionary Entry

blē̆k n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Ink; ~ pot, inkhorn; (b) a black substance, ?tar; (c) a dark or somber mood.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 Sln.405 Recipes (Sln 405) 240/25 : Forto make blak water..tak thi galles and breke þamme..and lay þamme in stepe al a nyȝt in rayne water..þen take a quart of sowters bleke and put to hit.
  • Note: Glossary: "bleke n. 'green vitriol (iron sulphate)'...'the same material also termed souters ~, ~ of souteres, sowters ~, sho-makeris ~, "shoemaker's black"'."
    Note: New comb., souteres ~.
    Note: See also MED blacche n. & blak n.
    Note: = OED bleck n.