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One entry found for rankle.
Main Entry: ranĚkle
Pronunciation: primarystressraeng-kschwal
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): ranĚkled; ranĚkling /-k(schwa-)lieng/
Etymology: Middle English ranclen "to fester," from early French rancler (same meaning), derived from earlier draoncle, raoncle "a festering sore," from Latin dracunculus "little serpent, little dragon," from earlier draco "serpent, dragon," from Greek dramacrkon "serpent, dragon" --related to DRAGON
: to cause anger, irritation, or deep bitterness
Word History The Greek word drakomacrn, meaning "serpent, dragon," was borrowed into Latin as draco. Later, the noun dracunculus, meaning "little serpent," was formed from draco. The French borrowed this noun as draoncle or raoncle but used it for something different: "a festering sore or ulcer." It seems that the form of such a sore looked something like the form of a small serpent. From the noun the French formed the verb rancler, "to fester." In the 14th century, the verb was taken in English as rankle, with the same meaning. Our word dragon also comes from the Greek drakomacrn by way of the Latin draco.

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