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From Middle English umbelappen (to wrap around), equivalent to umbe- +‎ lap (to fold, wrap) or um- +‎ belap.


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umbelap (third-person singular simple present umbelaps, present participle umbelapping, simple past and past participle umbelapped)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To surround; envelope; enshroud.
    • 1835, Gentleman's magazine and historical chronicle: Volume 3:
      Thus am I wrapped And in woe umbelapped, Such love hath me trapped, Without any cure.
    • 1914, Richard Rolle (of Hampole), Frances Margaret Mary Comper, Richard Misyn, The fire of love:
      And therefore God's wrath is shed on them and righteous vengeance, with great fierceness of umbelapping torments.
    • 1917, Frances M. M. Comper, George Congreve, William Caxton, The book of the craft of dying:
      That is: the waymenting of death hath umbelapped me, and the sorrows of hell have environed me.
    • 1944, Phyllis Hodgson, The cloud of unknowing and the Book of privy counselling:
      [...] thou shalt find but a dark image and a painful of thine own soul . . . umbelapped with black stinking clothes of sin ... a body of sin and a body of death []


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