mell

1) To intermingle or mix.

1484 and not to mell nor chaunge oon stuff of yerne with an othere, York.

places York
dates 1484

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2) A verb meaning to meddle or interfere, especially where legacies were concerned.

1521 Agnes Hemsworth ... haue ... a whye stirke of iij yeres olde and to clame ne melle no farther, Bardsey

1533 thye husbondes goodes I will nott mell with, Wintringham

1547 vnto Richarde my sone ... all my wayne gere and ploughe gere and he to mell no forther with none of my other goodes, Morley

1573 my wyf ... when she dothe marrye ... to have my house at Wilberfosse ... and not to mell any further with any parte of my fermhold, Catton. Occasionally it meant to intervene on somebody's behalf: 1428 the parties that melled for John Lyllyng, York, and ‘to associate with or deal with’ in trade: 1433 als merchantz ... we mell wyth Pruys, Flanders and other place, York.

dates 1428 1433 1521 1533 1547 1573

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3) The last sheaf of corn cut by the harvesters, also called the widow.

1786 8 Sept We got Mell ... I made the workpeople a supper. This traditional celebration in the farming year is dealt with in detail by Wright and by Peter Brears.

dates 1786

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