wīg-gār

Originally posted on Old English Wordhord:
wīg-gār, m.n: a lance. (“wee-gar”) Detail of a miniature of hunters pursuing a bonnacon with a very long lance and strategic shield, from a bestiary, with extracts from Giraldus Cambrensis on Irish birds, England (Salisbury), 2nd quarter of the 13th century. British Library, Harley MS 4751, f. 11r. Bonnacons…

meox

Originally posted on Old English Wordhord:
meox, n.n: muck, dung, ordure, dirt. (“meh-oks”) Image: A bonnacon, which The Medieval Bestiary tells us is an animal like a bull that uses its dung as a weapon. Its horns curl in towards each other so are useless for defence. Pliny the Elder says “…when attacked, it runs…