The Wolf Shits Wool: Piers Plowman C IX 265-265a’ ,
Pace Pearsall and Schmidt, C.9.265, ‘the wolf shyt wolle’, does not mean ‘the wolf befouls the wool’ but rather ‘the wolf defecates wool’. When it comes to pastoral neglect, the wolf does not dirty the sheep, it devours them.
Notes & Queries, 57 (2010), 168-69.
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