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Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
17-Apr-06 - 09:56 AM
Thread Name: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
Subject: RE: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
The Oxford English Dictionary gives several medieval examples of "lake" meaning "pit" or specifically, in at least one case, "grave." That explains the "earthen lake."

Malcolm, we have "dry lakes," especially out west, the kind that sometimes fill (or used to fill) with rainwater, but I've never encountered the phrase "earthen lake" outside of Ravenscroft.