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Clipse

Old form of eclipse. Also clips, clypse, clippis, and the like. Thomas Phaer, in his translation (1558) of the AENEID, tells us that Coribantes beat their brasse the moone from clips to cure. Hence clipsi, clipsy, dark, obscure; in the ROMAUNT OF THE ROSE (1400) we read that love is now bright, now clipsi of manere.

Sherwood

A greenwood, a pleasant forest. This came to be used as a general name, from the popularity of the story of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest. Thus Thomas Phaer in his translation (1562) of the AENEID speaks of the shirwood great where self defence and free resort Duke Romulus uptooke.
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