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loof1

[loof]
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noun Scot. and North England.
  1. the palm of the hand.

Origin of loof1

1300–50; Middle English lofe < Old Norse lōfi, cognate with Gothic lōfa

loof2

[loof]
noun Nautical.
  1. the tapering of a hull toward the stern.
  2. Now Rare. the broad after part of the bows of a vessel.
  3. Now Rare. luff(def 1).

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n.

"palm of the hand," Scottish and Northern English, c.1300, from Old Norse lofe, cognate with Gothic lofa, Russian lapa "paw," Lettish lepa "paw."

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