From Middle English aslen, elsen (“an awl or some other pointed instrument or tool”), either from Middle Dutch elsene, alsene, from Old High German alansa, from Proto-Germanic *alisn, Proto-Germanic *alasn, or from an unrecorded Old English form.
elsen (plural elsens)
- An awl, a pointed tool.
- Piercing with an elsen.
- Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, elsen.
- Middle English Dictionary