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from Middle English nēsen, probably from Old Norse hnjósa (Norwegian njosa, nysa, Swedish nysa, Danish nyse) = Old High German niosan (German niesen), Middle Low German nêsen, neysen, Middle Dutch niesen (Dutch niezen), probably of imitative origin
From: A Discourse Concerning Prodigies:
Wherein the Vanity of Presages by them is reprehended,
and their true and proper Ends asserted and vindicated.
By John Spencer, 1665
Chapter VI. Many Modern Prophecies proved to arise from Melancholy
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