from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of delve.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete strong preterit of delve.
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There he incited a crowd at Blackheath with the popular text "When Adam dalf [dug] and Eve span [spun],/Who was then a gentleman?"
And he began to run after it till that the star abode in the place where the head of S. John was, and there he dalf and found a pot, and the holy head therein.
(Chaucer); ‘snow’ ‘snew’; ‘sow’ ‘sew’; ‘delve’ ‘dalf’ and ‘dolve’;
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