Entry date

  • Quotation evidence from eOE (first cited in Epinal Glossary).
  • This is one of the earliest 1% of entries recorded in OED.
  • OED includes about 9200 entries first evidenced in the period before 1050 (words such as come, hand, set).

Timeline of entries in the OED

(Based on the first date of each entry. The date of this entry is indicated by the black line.)
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Origin

  • butter
  • fly

Entry size

  • 85 senses (17 main senses, 68 subentry senses).
  • 322 quotations.

Timeline of quotation evidence

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  • 2000