1. a fingernail ...c1436 obs.
2. a claw ...1484 obs.
from Middle French ongle (talon of a bird of prey, claw of a wild animal, fingernail), from Latin ungula (hoof, claw, talon)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
c1436 - see EXAMPLE below
"...In the same maner zif on merchaunt selle his merchaundise to an other merchaunt for to payen at short day or fresshly to suyn the ongle, in which cas merchauntes vsyn not comounlychfor hastyff payment for to makyn writ ne tayle, that zif the plee rise be twixe the same personys in the forseid court of Gippeswich for no sute of that same merchaundise, thanne be not that merchaunt..."
From: Monumenta Juridica: The Black Book of the Admiralty
The Domus Day of Gippeswich
- Edited by Travis Twiss