Definitions

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  • n. A song, especially the song of a minstrel.
  • n. A popular tale or romance, or a song embodying a popular tale or romance.
  • n. A burrow; a mole or rabbit hole.
  • v. Present participle of yed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The song of a minstrel; hence, any song.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A popular tale or romance, or a song embodying a popular tale or romance.

Etymologies

From Middle English ȝedding, ȝeddynge, from Old English ġieddung ("utterance, saying, prophecy, song, poetry, poetical recitation, meter"), from ġieddian ("to speak formally, discuss, speak with alliteration, recite, sing"), equivalent to yed +‎ -ing. (Wiktionary)
From yed. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English eorþing ("burial, digging"), from eorþien ("to bury, dig"), from eorþe ("earth"), equivalent to earth +‎ -ing. Possibly influenced by Middle English earding ("habitation, dwelling"), from eard ("dwelling, habitation"), from Old English eard ("native soil, native land, native country, country, province, region, place of residence, dwelling, home, dwelling place, estate, cultivated ground"). More at earth. (Wiktionary)

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