hrífe
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adjective
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hrífe
(?); adj. Rapacious, fierce. 1. of animals Wé ús warnigan scoldon wið þá missenlican cynd nædrena and hrífra wildeóra (serpentes et rapida ferarum genera ), Nar. 5, 28. Þurh þá lond þe þá unárefnedlican cyn nǽdrena and hrífra wildeóra (execrabilia serpentum et rapida ferarum beluarumque genera ) in wǽron, 6, 18. Þurh þá stówe þe missenlicra cynna eardung in wæs nǽdrena and rífra wildeóra per bestiosa serpentiosa que loca, 10, 5. Alle ðá ǽttrena and gett ðá rífista feerrǽsenda ǽc nétna sceðende omnia venenata et adne ferociora repentia et animalia noxia, Rtl. 125, 31. [ 2. of things, destructive Ðére vii. niht gyf win[d] byoð, fír byð swýðe rýfe þý geáre si in septima nocte fuerit ventus, ignis multa destruet in illo anno, Archiv cxxviii. 57, 2.] [v. N. E. D. rife. Some of the early instances there given might be taken in the sense which is here given to hrífe.] v. hrífnian.
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