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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English, from Old English hielfe; probably akin to Old English helma helm
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“Helve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helve. Accessed 28 May. 2020.
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