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rathe

[reyth] /reɪð/
adjective
1.
Archaic. growing, blooming, or ripening early in the year or season.
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[rath] /ræθ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of rathe
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English hræth, hræd quick, active; cognate with Dutch rad, Old Norse hrathr
Related forms
rathely, adverb
ratheness, noun
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rath

/raθ/
noun
1.
(Irish history) a circular enclosure surrounded by an earthen wall: used as a dwelling and stronghold in former times
Word Origin
C16: from Irish Gaelic

rathe

/reɪð/
adjective (archaic or literary)
1.
blossoming or ripening early in the season
2.
eager or prompt
Word Origin
Old English hrathe; related to Old High German hrado, Old Norse hrathr
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