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?

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Last Edited: 01 June 2016