See also: eorthe and eorðe

Middle English Edit

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  1. Alternative form of erthe (earth)

Old English Edit

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Etymology Edit

From Proto-West Germanic *erþu, from Proto-Germanic *erþō.

Pronunciation Edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈe͜or.θe/, [ˈe͜orˠ.ðe]

Noun Edit

eorþe f

  1. ground
  2. dirt
  3. the planet Earth
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, the Old English Hexameron:
      Sēo eorðe ne liġþ on nānum þinge, ac hēo stent on lofte.
      The Earth isn't on top of anything: it floats in the air.

Usage notes Edit

  • The meaning "ground, dirt" rarely uses the definite article. The meaning "the Earth" uses the definite article most of the time, though there are a fair number of exceptions; in this it is like sunne (sun), mōna (moon), and heofon (sky).

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