Talk:reeve

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Changed apheticism to aphetism. I can find no references in Wiktionary or dictionary.com to apheticism but I can see at both Wiktionary and dictionary.com that there is a word aphetism derived from aphesis. 01:16, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

reeve etymology 2 and 3[edit]

This really is beyond me, but I found this from Oxford English Reference Dictionary:

Etymology 2: prob. f. Du. reven REEF(2)

REEF(2) n. & v. nautical a reef in a sail and to reef a sail ME riff, refe f. Du. reef, rif f. ON rif RIB, in the same sense: cf. REEF(1)

REEF(1) n. coral etc. earlier riff(e) f. MDu., MLG rif, ref, f. ON rif RIB

Etymology 3: 17th c.: orig. unkn.

From wordswarm reeve which references wordswarm reef Jimmygyuma 00:41, 19 June 2010 (UTC)