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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

beek

\BEEK\ , verb;
1.
To bask or warm in the sunshine or before a fire.
2.
(Of wood) to season by exposure to heat.
Quotes:
"Galen, you and the lads go beek yourselves by fireside."
-- Deborah MacGillivray, One Snowy Knight
I ran towards him-but I remember no more,-though at times something crosses my mind, and I have wild visions of roofless walls, and a crowd of weeping women and silent men digging among ashes, and a beautiful body, all dropping wet, brought on a deal from the mill-dam, and of men, as it was carried by, seizing me by the arms and tying my hands,-and then I fancy myself in a house fastened to a chair;-and sometimes I think I was lifted out and placed to beek in the sun and to taste the fresh air.
-- John Galt, Ringan Gilhaize: or, The covenanters
Origin:
Beek is related to the same Middle English root that results in bake.
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