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mazer

[mey-zer] /ˈmeɪ zər/
noun
1.
a large metal drinking bowl or cup, formerly of wood.
Origin
1150-1200
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

/ˈmeɪzə/
noun
1.
(obsolete) a large hardwood drinking bowl
Word Origin
C12: from Old French masere, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse mösurr maple
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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