mazer

mazer

[mey-zer]
noun
a large metal drinking bowl or cup, formerly of wood.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English: kind of wood (probably maple), Old English mæser- (in adj. mæseren, equivalent to mæser maple + -en -en2); cognate with Old Norse mǫsurr maple, Middle High German maser maple, drinking cup

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mazer, mazard or mazzard (ˈmeɪzə, ˈmæzəd)
 
n
obsolete a large hardwood drinking bowl
 
[C12: from Old French masere, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse mösurr maple]
 
mazard, mazard or mazzard
 
n
 
[C12: from Old French masere, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse mösurr maple]
 
mazzard, mazard or mazzard
 
n
 
[C12: from Old French masere, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse mösurr maple]

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mazer

medieval drinking bowl of turned (shaped on a lathe) wood, usually spotted maple. The oldest extant examples, dating from the early 14th century, are mounted with silver or silver-gilt bands around the lip and foot and have an engraved or enameled embossed medallion, called a print or boss, in the centre of the inside of the bowl. During the 15th century the bowls became shallower, and their mounts, which became wider, displayed inscriptions of a religious or secular character; more elaborate versions of the simple prototype were also made, including the double-mazer, which has a small bowl inverted on a larger one, and the standing mazer, which has an unusually high silver foot. Mazers are extremely rare after the 16th century.

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