Old EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *hwatjastainaz, equivalent to hwettan (to sharpen) +‎ stān (stone). Akin to Old High German wezzistein ( > German Wetzstein).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈxwetˌstɑːn/, [ˈʍetˌstɑːn]

NounEdit

hwetstān m

  1. sharpening stone, whetstone
    Þā sċearpestan eċġe man wyrcþ mid þām stumpan hwetstāne.
    The sharpest edge is made with a blunt whetstone.
    Hēo hwette hiere seax on lȳtlum hwetstāne þe hēo of hiere pohhan ātēah.
    She sharpened her knife on a little whetstone that she'd pulled out of her pocket.

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