ælf

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From Proto-Germanic *albiz, of uncertain origin, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *albʰós “white” (compare related Latin albus) or *lbʰu- “skillful” (compare related Sanskrit Ribhus, ṛbʰú-). Cognate with Old Saxon alf, Middle High German alp, Old Norse alfr (Swedish elf).

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ælf m (nominative plural ylfe)

  1. elf, sprite, fairy, incubus
    Wið ælfe guid myrran on win. — [To protect] against an elf, rub myrrh in wine.

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