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  • noun [ feminine ]
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cor-snǽd, e; f. [cor, cer, cyrr a choice; snǽd a bit, piece]
A choice or trial piece; panis conjurátus, offa consecrāta. A sort of ordeal in which the person accused had placed in his mouth an ounce of bread or cheese. If he ate it freely and without hurt, he was considered innocent; but guilty, if he could not swallow it, or had a difficulty in doing so. The Host was used for this purpose in Christian times
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  • Gif man freónd*-*leásne weofod-þén mid tihtlan belecge, gá to corsnǽde

    if a friendless servant of the altar be charged with an accusation, let him go to the corsnǽd

    • L. Eth. ix. 22
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    • Th. i. 344, 23
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    • L. C. E. 5
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    • Th. i. 362, 19.
  • To corsnǽde

    to the corsnǽd

    • Th. i. 362, 25
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    • Th. i. 344, 29.
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v.  snǽd.
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  • cor-snǽd, n.