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, alansa, from Proto-Germanic *ali-sn, Proto-Germanic *ala-sn, or from an unrecorded OE form.
elsin (plural elsins)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for elsin in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)