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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Definitions for stour

  1. British Dialect. a. tumult; confusion. b. a storm.
  2. British Dialect. blowing dust or a deposit of dust.
  3. Archaic. armed combat; battle.

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Citations for stour
Then there began a great stour, and much people was slain; and ever Sir Lancelot did what he might to save the people on King Arthur's party… Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, 1485
Better one hour's stour than a year's peace… Ezra Pound, "Sestina: Altaforte," The English Review, 1909
Origin of stour
1250-1300
Stour stems from the Old French word estour which means "battle."
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