bóc-stæf
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
bóc-stæf
es; pl. nom. acc. -stafas; g. -stafa; d. -stafum; m. A bookstaf, a letter, character; litera, character = χαρακτήρ Awrítaþ hie on his wǽpne wælnota heáp, bealwe bócstafas they cut upon his weapon a heap of fatal marks, baleful letters, Salm. Kmbl. 325; Sal. 162. Engel Drihtnes wrát in wáge worda gerýnu baswe bócstafas the angel of the Lord wrote on the wall mysteries of words in crimson letters, Cd. 210; Th. 261, 10; Dan. 724. Ðæt he him bócstafas arǽdde and arehte that he [Daniel] should read and explain the characters to them, 212; Th. 262, 7; Dan. 740. Hwá wrát bócstafas ǽrest who first wrote letters? Salm. Kmbl. 200, 23: 192, 6. Bócstafa of letters, Salm. Kmbl. 199; Sal. 99. Wæs se beám bócstafum awriten the beam was inscribed with letters, Elen. Kmbl. 182; El. 91. DER. stæf.
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