from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of canon.
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The "false chanoun" persuaded the priest, who was his dupe, to send his servant for quicksilver, which he promised to make into "as good silver and as fyn, As ther is any in youre purse or myn"; he then gave the priest a "crosselet," and bid him put it on the fire, and blow the coals.
The "false chanoun" pretended to be sorry for the priest, who was so busily blowing the fire: --