Definitions

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  • n. A loin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Middle English form of land.
  • n. A loin: usually in the plural.

Etymologies

From Middle English lende, lendes, from Old English lendenu ("loins", plural) (in compound lenden-, lende-), from Proto-Germanic *landīn, *landijō (“loin”), from Proto-Indo-European *lendʰ- (“kidney, waist, loin”). Cognate with Dutch lendenen ("loins", plural), German Lende ("haunch, loin"), Swedish länd ("haunch, loin"), Icelandic lend ("loin"). More at loin. (Wiktionary)

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  • Before it was "gird your loins" it was "gird thee lendes"!

    Byspels: Tak we þe armor of God..gird þe lendis in trowþ.

    October 19, 2011

  • alt singular is lend

    Could be lend, lende in singular lendes, lenden in plural.

    October 19, 2011

  • girden (up) lendes - to wrap (one's, someone's) loins; cover (one's) nakedness; fig. gird (one's) loins, prepare, get ready.

    Alt plural is lenden.

    October 19, 2011