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- n. Plural form of eye.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Eyes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete or archaic plural of eye.
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When I taught college English, I did a lesson on what I dubbed mishearance, common phrases like butt naked and dressed to the nines that made it into our language because someone didnt know what was naked about a buck someone whos obviously never seen a male deers ass or what part of the body was thine eyen.
We'll keep our eyen on that story for you as well.
But well are thine eyen set in thine head, wide apart, well opened, and so as none shall say thou mayst not look in the face of them.
And in another yle ben folk, that han the face all platt, alle pleyn, with outen nese and with outen mouthe: but thei han 2 smale holes alle round, in stede of hire eyen: and hire mouthe is plait also, with outen lippes.
And alle the Tartarienes han smale eyen and litille of berd, and not thikke hered, but schiere.
And in another yle, toward the southe, duellen folk of foule suture and of cursed kynde, that han no hedes: and here eyen ben in here scholdres.
And from this cytee broughte Sampson the stronge the zates upon an highe lond, whan he was taken in that cytee: and there he slowghe in a paleys the king and hymself, and gret nombre of the beste of the Philistienes, the whiche had put out his eyen, and schaven his hed, and enprisound him, be tresoun of Dalida his paramour.
And therfore thei seyn hem self, that thei seen with 2 eyen; and the Cristene men see but with on: be cause that thei ben more sotylle than thei.
Another yle is there toward the northe, in the see occean, where that ben fulle cruele and ful evele wommen of nature; and thei han precious stones in hire eyen: and thei ben of that kynde, that zif thei beholden ony man with wratthe, thei slen him anon with the beholdynge, as dothe the basilisk.
For he beholdethe even man so scharply, with dreadfulle eyen, that ben evere more mevynge and sparklynge, as fuyr, and chaungethe and sterethe so often in dyverse manere, with so horrible countenance, that no man dar not neighen towardes him.
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