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Friday, February 08, 2013

hent

\hent\ , verb;
1.
to seize.
Quotes:
Then he hent in hand two stones and went round about the city…
-- Lady Isabel Burton, Justin Huntly McCarthy, Lady Burton's Edition of Her Husband's Arabian Nights
So they hent him by the hand and thrust him out; and I took the lute and sang over again the songs of my own composing which the damsel had sung.
-- Emile Van Vliet, The Thousand Nights and A Night
Origin:
Hent, an ancient word, entered Old English before the year 1000 as a relative of the verbs hentan "to pursue" and huntian "to hunt."
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