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Macedonian sarisse,

Original French:  Sariſſe Macedonicque,

Modern French:  Sarisse Macedonicque,

Sarisse Macedonicque

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Sarisse Macedonique

[Note continues from Betony:] he [the Author, (Rabelais?)] goes on, and ending in the Points of the Macedonian Larix, not as the Translator has it, in the points of a Macedonian Spear. He took Larice (larch-tree) for Lance belike.

François Rabelais [ca. 1483–1553]
The Works of Francis Rabelais, M.D.
John Ozell, editor
London: J. Brindley, 1737


C’est ainsi qu’on lit dans l’édition de 1552. Les deux éditions de Le Duchat, ainsi que celles de M. D. J. ont Larice, mais c’est une faute: ce mot ne vient pas du latin larix, larix, arbre, mais de sarissa, nom de la longue pique des Macédoniens, dans Ovide.

François Rabelais [ca. 1483–1553]
Œuvres de Rabelais (Edition Variorum)
Charles Esmangart [1736-1793], editor
Paris: Chez Dalibon, 1823
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sarice macedonicque

Longue pique des Macédonians. Alias, larice.

François Rabelais [ca. 1483–1553]
Œuvres de F. Rabelais
L. Jacob (pseud. of Paul Lacroix), editor
Paris: Charpentier, 1840

Sarisse Macedonicque

Pique utilisée par les célèbres phalanges macédoniennes.

François Rabelais [ca. 1483–1553]
Le Tiers Livre
Jean Céard, editor
Librarie Général Français, 1995


Macedonian [formed on Latin Macedonius = Greek Makedo´nioj]

A Pertaining to Macedonia, an ancient country north of Greece; now, a geographical area in the central Balkans.

1607 Edward Topsell The history of foure-footed beasts and serpents196 At one time is giuen them nine Macedonian Bushels, but… of drinke eyther wine or water thirty Macedonian pintes at a time.



Posted 16 January 2013. Modified 5 December 2015.

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