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Mar. 1st, 2019 | 07:39 am

maslin (MAZ-lin) - n., a mixture, a medley, especially of different grains or flours, especially of rye and wheat; bread made of mixed rye and wheat.


For much of medieval Europe, maslin was the bread of the better off peasant, as opposed to the white manchet of the rich or the horse bread (oat or barley breads) of the poor. An earlier spelling was mesline, from Middle English mastlioun/mestlioun, from Middle French mesteillon, from Old French, from *mesteil, mixed grain, from Vulgar Latin *mixtilium, mixture, from *mixtilis, mixed/constituting a mixture, from Latin mixtus, mixed, past participle of miscēre, to mix.

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