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and does not sink into the earth more than a cubit.

Original French:  & ne profonde en terre plus d’une coubtée.

Modern French:  & ne profonde en terre plus d’une coubtée.


strike deep

Read ne profonde, from profonder, the verb (profundare, Du Cange), a far better reading than ne est profonde (M.)

François Rabelais [ca. 1483 – ca. 1553]
Gargantua and Pantagruel
William Francis Smith, translator
London, 1893

profonder

To sound, search, pierce, or goe deep into; to dive, or sink unto the bottom of; to press downe, or put into the deepe.

Randle Cotgrave [–1634?]
A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongue
London: Adam Islip, 1611
PBM

coubtée

Coubte. The elbow

Randle Cotgrave [–1634?]
A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongue
London: Adam Islip, 1611
PBM

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Posted 15 January 2013. Modified 9 October 2013.

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