fiðrildi

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Old Norse fiðrildi from the older term fífrildi, from Proto-Germanic *fifaldǭ *fīfildǭ (butterfly), from Proto-Indo-European *pāpel-, *pe(i)pel- (butterfly). The term fiðrildi came through the false etymology that it was related to the Old Norse word fiðri (feathers), compare the more modern Old Norse fiðr; from which the Icelandic fiður (feathers, down) came.

Cognates with the Old High German word viveltre (provincial German feifalter); Old English fīffealde or fifealde; Swedish fjäril; Norse fivreld or fibrelde and Latin pāpiliō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fiðrildi n (genitive singular fiðrildis, nominative plural fiðrildi)

  1. butterfly

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