[Milton-L] Recent entries in Lexicons of Early Modern English

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Lexicons of Early Modern English  - Word of the day

Glossator, or Glossographer, he that makes a Glosse or Comment to interpret
the hard meaning of words or things. Edward Phillips, The New World of
English Words (1598)


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Lexicons recently added to LEME - http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/

Anonymous, Catholicon Anglicum: The Remedy for all Diseases (ca. 1475), an
English-Latin dictionary from Lord Monson's manuscript, reconstructed from a
19th-century Early English Text Society edition. The earliest such lexicon
surviving in the language holding some 7,180 word-entries, distinguishes
itself by the extensive use of Latin synonyms in explanations.


John Lydgate, The Horse the Ghoos and the Sheep (1477)


William Caxton, French and English (ca. 1480)


Anonymous, The Fromond List of Garden Plants (ca. 1525),a list of about 138
plants associated with Thomas Fourmond / Formond of Carssalton, Surrey (died
March 21, 1542/43). The list has nine sections: for a garden, for pottage,
for sauce, for the cop, for salad, to still, for savour and beauty, roots,
and for an herber.


Niels Hemmingsen, A Postle, or Exposition of the Gospels (1569), a
translation of Niel Hemmingsen's Postilla seu enarratio Evangeliorum
(Copenhagen, 1561)


John Florio, Florio his First Fruits (1578), parallel Italian-English
dialogues, followed by a brief Italian-English glossary and a grammar


Anonymous, The Academy of Pleasure (1656)


William Lucas, A Catalogue of Seeds, Plants, &c. (ca. 1677)a trade-list in
eleven sections: seeds of roots, sallad seeds, potherb seeds, sweet herb
seeds, physicall seeds, flower seeds, seeds of evergreen & flowering trees,
sorts of pease, beans, &c., seeds to improve land, flower roots, and sorts
of choice trees & plants


Peter Levins, Manipulus Vocabulorum (London, 1570), a dictionary of 8,940
English-Latin word-entries, organized by English rhyme-endings (with
accentuation). This analyzed text owes much to Huloet (added in 2009) and
replaces the simple transcription now in the LEME database.


Coming soon to LEME

Henry Hexham's Copious English and Netherduytch Dictionarie (English-Dutch;


John Rider's Bibliotheca Scholastica, an English-Latin dictionary first
published by the University of Oxford in 1589.


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