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 Wil’mington,Wilt’shire (2 syl.) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Wil’t or Welk,
 
to wither. This is the Dutch and German welken (to fade). Spenser says, “When ruddy Phœbus ’gins to welk in west”—i.e. fade in the west.   1
        “A wilted debauchee is not a fruit of the tree of life.”—J. Cook: The Orient, p. 149.
 


 Wil’mington,Wilt’shire (2 syl.) 

 
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