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The meaning of 'belgicare' in Notker Balbulus

What is the meaning of the obscure verb belgicare or belgico? Background Notker Balbulus of St. Gall (c. 840 to 912) writes this verb in a letter/epistle to a certain Lantbert, wherein Notker ...
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A question about the Swedish “bildning”

(In English below.) Eftersom det inte finns någon korrekt motsvarighet till ordet ”bildning” i engelskan, kan jag bara ställa denna fråga på svenska. Finns det något latinskt uttryck som motsvarar ”...
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Is urgolius a Latin word, as this Wiktionnaire etymology seems to imply?

I was reading about the French word orgueil recently, and I learned that it derives from the Frankish word *urgōl. (980, Passion), orgolz, puis (1080, Chanson de Roland) orgoill et (1130, Eneas) ...
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Does Latin have anything like this German syntax? (dative of possession)

German has an interesting dative of possession construction where the possessor goes in the dative but a form of "to be" is not needed. This means that the thing or person being possessed can be the ...
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Mediaeval Latin adopted the Greek word 'grapheus' as '-gravius' (which led to Dutch/German 'graaf/Graf', “count”); where and when did this happen?

Philippa (2003–2009) says about the Dutch word graaf, "count", that it came from Greek grapheus "writer/scribe", through Mediaeval Latin -gravius, "royal administrative official, overseer". Now I ...