From Middle English umbelappen (“to wrap around”), equivalent to umbe- + lap (“to fold, wrap”) or um- + belap.
umbelap (third-person singular simple present umbelaps, present participle umbelapping, simple past and past participle umbelapped)
- (transitive) To surround; envelope; enshroud.
- 1835, Gentleman's magazine and historical chronicle: Volume 3:
- Thus am I wrapped And in woe umbelapped, Such love hath me trapped, Without any cure.
- 1914, Richard Rolle (of Hampole), Frances Margaret Mary Comper, Richard Misyn, The fire of love:
- And therefore God's wrath is shed on them and righteous vengeance, with great fierceness of umbelapping torments.
- 1917, Frances M. M. Comper, George Congreve, William Caxton, The book of the craft of dying:
- That is: the waymenting of death hath umbelapped me, and the sorrows of hell have environed me.
1944, Phyllis Hodgson, The cloud of unknowing and the Book of privy counselling:
- [...] thou shalt find but a dark image and a painful of thine own soul . . . umbelapped with black stinking clothes of sin ... a body of sin and a body of death [...]