Ancient Word of the Day: Reave

Ancient Word of the Day: Reave


A long and low boundary wall or bank, found especially on Dartmoor and in Devon, mostly now sunk back into the landscape. Also, as a verb, to tear, split, divide or cleave.

Celestial ceilings and soaring skies in Poland
Inside of the walls of Wawel Castle, we watch the gigantic strawberry moon rise on Midsummer’s Eve 2016 and see the ballet in the castle . Copyright Content Catnip 2015


An Icelandic word meaning to rip or tear something. Rof á landi refers to the rupture of the top soils of the land or erosion,

Adventures on the Forth and Clyde Canal
A canal bridge over a road in Edinburgh. Copyright Content Catnip 2010


To take away life, rest or sight. From the Oxford English Dictionary.

Or art thou bent against thy loyal lord,
To reave his life that gives thee life and breath?
– The Cobbler’s Prophecy, 1594 (sig. E3v).

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