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[kleep] /klip/
verb (used with object), cleped or clept (also ycleped or yclept ) cleping. Archaic.
to call; name (now chiefly in the past participle as ycleped or yclept).
Origin of clepe
before 900; Middle English clepen, Old English cleopian, variant of clipian; akin to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle Unabridged
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verb clepes, cleping, cleped (kliːpt; klɛpt), clept, ycleped, yclept
(transitive) (archaic) to call by the name of
Word Origin
Old English cleopian; related to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle
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"to call; to name" (archaic), from Old English cleopian, clipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore."

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