elsen

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English aslen, elsen (an awl or some other pointed instrument or tool), either from Middle Dutch elsene, alsene, from Old High German alansa, from Proto-Germanic *alisn, Proto-Germanic *alasn, or from an unrecorded Old English form.

Noun[edit]

elsen (plural elsens)

  1. An awl, a pointed tool.
    Piercing with an elsen.

References[edit]

  • Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, elsen.
  • Middle English Dictionary