wer-nægel
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
wer-nægel
es; m. A warnel or wornil. [Bailey's Dictionary gives 'warnel worms, worms on the backs of cattle within the skin'; and in Johnson's Dictionary, ed. Lathnm, is quoted the following: 'In the backs of cows in the summer are maggots generated, which in Essex we call wornils, being first only a small knot in the skin.' Halliwell explains wornil as 'the larva of the gadfly growing under the skin of the back of cattle.'] Án æþelboren wíf wearð micclum geswenct mid langsumere untrumnysse, and hire ne mihte nán lǽcecræft fremian. Ðá lǽrde hí sum man ðæt heó náme ǽnne wernægel of sumes oxan hricge, and becnytte tó ánum hringe mid hire snóde, and mid ðam hí tó nacedum líce begyrde, Homl. Th. ii. 28, 17.
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