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  • The OED lists this word with besague which it defines as "a double-edged axe." But isn't a besagew a round piece of armor worn to protect the armpit between the spaulders and the cuirass? It is sometimes also called a roundel. I stumbled on this trying to find how to pronounce besagew.

    February 28, 2010

  • Good catch, tusseymountain. I found this explanation:

    "The word 'besague' was rescued by the late Lord Dillon from the compilers of antiquarian glossaries who had confused it with the double-headed axe (bis-aigue or bisacuta)."

    --The Antiquaries Journal 19‎: 427 (1939)

    February 28, 2010

  • Thanks for that mollusque!

    February 28, 2010