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Arm-gaunt, a word not yet satisfactorily explained: “So he nodded, and soberly did mount an a. steed, who neigh'd so high . . .,” Ant. I, 5, 48. Johnson: slender as the arm; which is little probable; Warburton: worn by military service; Nicholson: == armor-gloved. There is in Old English another 'gaunt', the German ganz, signifying whole, healthful, lusty, and arm-gaunt may mean completely armed, harnessed, or rather: lusty in arms, full of life and martial spirits.*
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