Middle English Dictionary Entry

calketrappe n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Mil. A device with sharp iron spikes set on the ground to cripple the feet of an advancing enemy; similar device used against trespassers, etc.; fig. a spiritual trap or pitfall.
A plant with sharp thorns or spines, a plant with prickly seeds, a caltrop; -- prob. applied to several unrelated species.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?a1425 *MS Htrn.95 (Htrn 95)197b/b : Saliunca, kawetrape: Breres in valew þat makiþ folk fallen.
  • Note: New form: Also..kawetrape.
    Note: Quot. belongs to sense 2.
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