Attested: Vindolanda tablet 299 .... a cordonouis .... source of 50 oysters sent to a soldier on Hadrian’s wall.
Where: Unknown. Probably somewhere on the Northumberland coast. Oysters could survive up to 10 days’ travel.
Name origin: Uncertain. Cordo- looks like Latin chorda ‘rope for binding a slave’, from Greek χορδη ‘guts’. The –novis part might be another *navis ‘river’.
Notes: Bright ideas anyone?
Last Edited: 01 June 2016