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  • n. A fast of forty days on bread and water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fast of forty days on bread and water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A forty days' fast formerly imposed by a bishop upon clergy or laity, or by an abbot upon monks.
  • n. A sweet wine boiled down.


Late Latin carena, corrupted from quarentena. See quarantine. (Wiktionary)


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  • [From French (en) carène, (on) the keel, from Old French carene, from Old Italian carena

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