fæmne

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Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *faimnijǭ (maiden), related to (but not directly cognate with) Old Saxon fēmea, fēhmia, West Frisian fæm, Icelandic feima (maiden). Unrelated to Latin fēmina (female, woman), and probably also to Latin famula (female servant).

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Noun[edit]

fǣmne f (nominative plural fǣmnan)

  1. female, woman, damsel, maid, maiden, virgin
    Sceal fémne hire freónd geséccan. — The maiden shall seek her lover.

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