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15th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English, from Middle Low German orte
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“Ort.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orts. Accessed 11 December 2019.
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heavy with or as if with moisture
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