rikelot (s.xiiiex)

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rikelot (s.xiiiex)


[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  rikelot; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  kikelot n.; MED:  rikelot n.; DMLBS: 2839a rikelota ]

Several similar forms can be found in Middle English, in reference to a magpie and by extension, a tattling woman: see kikelot, n. and giglet n.. Zettersten (1964) Middle English Word Studies p.13-14, disputes the ornithological derivation and believes the word derives from the root rik- (FEW 10,406a) with a double diminutive, and should be associated to Continental French words such as riquer ‘creak’ and riqueter ‘grin’.


1orn.magpie, noisy, chattering bird
( s.xiiiex; MS: c.1300 )  a gossiping woman is like un rikelot (var. rigelot (F)MS: s.xivin) ki lour jargoille quanke il oit ou voit  194.10
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