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|Aghlich is a Middle English word believed to mean "fearsome," "awful," or "terrible." It's only known occurance is in line 136 of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Here are lines 134-7:
For vneþe watz þe noyce not a whyle sesed,Etymologically, the word is similar to the modern English word "ugly," which also combines the Old Norse root ag- ("to be feared") with the Old English adjectival suffix -lic, which has since become the modern English "-ly"