from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Cookware, tableware, or eating utensils made of wood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to or derived from trees; wooden; made of wood.
- adj. A large wooden platter.
- n. Household articles made of wood.
- n. Alternative plural form of tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- pl. of tree.
- adj. Made of wood; wooden.
- adj. Relating to, or drawn from, trees.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wooden: especially noting plates and dishes. See trencher.
- Pertaining to or derived from trees.
- n. An old plural of tree.
- n. In the Isle of Man, a territorial division, of uncertain origin and purpose, subdivided into estates called quarterlands.
Loab at cod then herrin or wind thin mong them treen.
Madame says: Allo? and you say: Katherine Sil vous plait (Ka-treen see voo play)
In the borough most kitchenware was of wood or cast iron, with other metals generally to mend splits in the treen, wooden, dishes.
So left her, where she now is turnd to treen mould.
When the sky is all scarlet on the tops of the treen
The third thing they tell of is the exchange of vessel, as of treen platters into pewter, and wooden spoons into silver or tin.
Then said our Lord to Moses: Say thou to Aaron: Take this rod and stretch thine hand upon all the waters of Egypt, upon the floods, rivers, ponds, and upon all the lakes where any water is, in that they turn to blood, that it may be a vengeance in all the land of Egypt, as well in treen vessels as in vessels of earth and stone.
In Harrison's _Elizabethan England_ we read that the times had changed, for instead of "treen platters" there were pewter plates, and tin or silver spoons instead of wood.
It was a good-natured, cackling epistle, full of sweet nothings about Glory and the hospital, about Peel and the discovery of ancient ruins in the graveyards of the treen chapels, but it closed with this postscript:
Much skill had they in runes, and were exceeding deft in scoring them on treen bowls, and on staves, and door-posts and roof - beams and standing-beds and such like things.
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