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  • n. Zeal.
  • n. Strength; courage.
  • n. Strength vouchsafed; comfort; grace.


From Middle English elne, ellen, from Old English ellen ("zeal, strength, power, vigor, valor, courage, fortitude, strife, contention"), from Proto-Germanic *aljanan (“zeal, power, courage”), from Proto-Indo-European *al- (“to burn”). Cognate with Middle High German ellen ("strength, manhood"), Icelandic elja ("endurance, energy"). (Wiktionary)



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