wound gall


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wound \Wound\ (?; 277), n. [OE. wounde, wunde, AS. wund; akin to
   OFries. wunde, OS. wunda, D. wonde, OHG. wunta, G. wunde,
   Icel. und, and to AS., OS., & G. wund sore, wounded, OHG.
   wunt, Goth. wunds, and perhaps also to Goth. winnan to
   suffer, E. win. [root]140. Cf. Zounds.]
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   1. A hurt or injury caused by violence; specifically, a
      breach of the skin and flesh of an animal, or in the
      substance of any creature or living thing; a cut, stab,
      rent, or the like. --Chaucer.
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            Showers of blood
            Rained from the wounds of slaughtered Englishmen.
                                                  --Shak.
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   2. Fig.: An injury, hurt, damage, detriment, or the like, to
      feeling, faculty, reputation, etc.
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   3. (Criminal Law) An injury to the person by which the skin
      is divided, or its continuity broken; a lesion of the
      body, involving some solution of continuity.
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   Note: Walker condemns the pronunciation woond as a
         "capricious novelty." It is certainly opposed to an
         important principle of our language, namely, that the
         Old English long sound written ou, and pronounced like
         French ou or modern English oo, has regularly changed,
         when accented, into the diphthongal sound usually
         written with the same letters ou in modern English, as
         in ground, hound, round, sound. The use of ou in Old
         English to represent the sound of modern English oo was
         borrowed from the French, and replaced the older and
         Anglo-Saxon spelling with u. It makes no difference
         whether the word was taken from the French or not,
         provided it is old enough in English to have suffered
         this change to what is now the common sound of ou; but
         words taken from the French at a later time, or
         influenced by French, may have the French sound.
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   Wound gall (Zool.), an elongated swollen or tuberous gall
      on the branches of the grapevine, caused by a small
      reddish brown weevil (Ampeloglypter sesostris) whose
      larvae inhabit the galls.
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