amadou

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French amadou (tinder, properly lure, bait), from amadouer (to allure, caress), perhaps from Icelandic mata (to feed), which is akin to English meat.

Noun[edit]

amadou (uncountable)

  1. A spongy, flammable substance prepared from bracket fungi, formerly used as a styptic and as tinder.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ure to this entry?)

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French *amadou, from amadouer (to coax, cajole, rub with touchwood). More at amadouer.

Noun[edit]

amadou m (plural amadous)

  1. lure, bait
  2. tinder, kindling, touchwood, spunk

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