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LORE

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 6 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LORE, properly instruction, teaching, knowledge. The O. Eng. ldr, as the Dutch leer and Ger. Lehre, represents the Old Teutonic root, meaning to impart or receive knowledge, seen in " to learn," " learning." In the Gentleman's Magazine for June 183o it was suggested that " lore " should be used as a termination instead of the Greek derivative -ology in the names of the various sciences. This was never done, but the word, both as termination and alone, is frequently applied to the many traditional beliefs, stories, &c., connected with the body of knowledge concerning some special subject; e.g. legendary lore, bird-lore, &c. The most familiar use is in " folk-lore " (q.v.).
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