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- proper n. Frisian
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to Friesland, a province in the northern part of the Netherlands.
- proper n. The language of the Frisians, a Teutonic people formerly occupying a large part of the coast of Holland and Northwestern Germany. The modern dialects of Friesic are spoken chiefly in the province of Friesland, and on some of the islands near the coast of Germany and Denmark.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as Friesian.
- n. The language of the Friesians. Friesic, in its oldest form specifically called Old Friesic, is a Low German dialect formerly spoken in the northern part of Germany in the district which includes the present Friesland. Old Friesic, with Old Saxon and Anglo-Saxon, constituted the main part of what is collectively called Old Low German, of which the present modern Friesic in its local variations, North, East, and West Friesic, and Dutch, Flemish, and Low German in its restricted sense (Platt Deutsch) are the modern continental remains.
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Roeck_, Germ., according to Gesner; Friesic, _roek_; Ang. - S. _hroc_, the rook: but I am at a loss to discover anything similar in old French to explain the occurrence of the termination, which seems to be a popular or familiar diminutive, a Gallicism, analogous to _partlot_.
Yet the rule and the race of Goth, Frank, and Burgund have vanished from off the earth; while the sons of the unknown Saxon, Anglian, and Friesic warriors now hold in their hands the fate of the coming years.
It is to be found in the Low German, the Friesic, and the Anglo-Saxon.
[This is a Friesic and not an Anglo-Saxon form of the word, and
Friesic, Dr. Bosworth, the learned Professor of Anglo-Saxon Literature at Oxford, incidentally remarks, "I cannot omit to mention that the leaders of the Anglo-Saxons bear names which are now in use by the