mǽl-sceafa
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
mǽl-sceafa
an; m. A canker Mǽlscæafa eruca, Ælfc. Gl. 23; Som. 60, 3; Wrt. 24, 7. Mǽlsceafa caniglata. Wrt. Voc. ii. 128, 19. Mǽlsceafa eruca, Wrt. Voc. 78, 66; Zup. 310, 5. In the last reference one MS. (v. Wrt. Voc. 91, 23) has mæslesceafe; in Wrt. Voc. 161, 23 maseles translates rugeroles (see also Skeat's Dict. s. v. measles'), so mǽl, in this word, would mean a spot.
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