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Eale

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The story of The Yale is adapted from Isidore's Etymologiae, Solinus, Honorius's Imago Mundi and the text of the Aberdeen Bestiary, supplemented with information from Hofmann's Lexicon Universale.

For more information about the yale, visit the Eale in the Zoo. You can also visit the Yale page at the bestiary.ca website for a discussion in English, bibliography and other useful references.

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Est animal
quod dicitur eale,
fera Aethiopiae,
nigro colore

nigro colore: ablative of description
quod: relative pronoun, antecedent is animal

colore: the o is long, so penultimate stress

cuius est
magnitudo equi fluviatilis
maxilla apri
cauda elephantis.

cuius: relative pronoun, antecedent is animal

Cornua praefert
ultra modum longa,
mobilia,
quae alterna
in pugna
sistit variatque
infesta aut obliqua,
utcumque ratio monstravit.

quae: relative pronoun, antecedent is cornua

obliqua: the i is long, so penultimate stress

Nempe cornua eius
ab radice
mobilia sunt,
unde cum
a fronte
pugna est,
tum infesta dirigit cornua:

radice: the i is long, so penultimate stress

si a latere
aggreditur hostis,
tum ea obliquat.
 
Nec enim rigent,
sed moventur
ut usus exigit proeliandi,

enim: postpositive

usus...proeliandi: split phrase

quorum unum
post tergum reflectit
et cum alio pugnat,
illo obtuso
aliud ad certamen vibrat.

quorum: relative pronoun, antecedent is cornua

illo obtuso: ablative absolute

obtuso: the u is long, so penultimate stress

Hippopotamis comparatur;
et eale
sane aquis fluminum gaudet;
et: adverbial use of et
("the eale likewise...")
horret in aqua
et in terra
aequaliter valet.
 

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