James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
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Loupe: f. A flegmaticke lumpe, wenne, bunch, or swelling of flesh vnder the throat, bellie, &c. also, a little one on the wrist, foot, or other ioynt, gotten by a blow whereby a sinew being wrested rises, and growes hard; also, a Weauers cloth-beame; that about which his web rowles as he weaues it.
Randle Cotgrave, A Dictionary of the French and English Tongues (1611)

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