Middle English Dictionary Entry

wāse n.
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Note: Cp. wrase n.
(a) A bundle, bunch, or wisp, as of straw, pea plants, etc.; ?also, a clump of seaweed [glossing L alga; may belong to wose n.(2)]; ?also, flax [glossing L stuppa]; (b) a torch; a bundle of straw formed into a torch [occas. difficult to distinguish from (a)]; (c) some kind of fish trap, prob. made of bundled straw, reeds, etc. or perh. bunched seaweed; (d) a nest or swarm (of wasps); (e) in surname.