variants or elshin or elson
plural -s
dialectal, British
: a shoemaker's awl

Word History


Middle English elsen, probably from Middle Dutch elsene, else; akin to Old High German alunsa, alansa awl, German dialect (Swiss) alesne, (assumed) Gothic alisna (whence Old Spanish alesna), Old Norse alr

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“Elsin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elsin. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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