missere

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Old Norse misseri (a season (of six months)). Possibly related to mæl from Proto-Germanic *mēlą (measure, time, occassion), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European root *meh₁- (to measure).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

missēre n (nominative plural missēru)

  1. half-year
    Sona þæt onfunde, se ðe floda begong heorogifre beheold hund missera. At once he found her, who had guarded the water's realm ravenously for a hundred half-years. (Beowulf, ll. 1498-9)