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 folk 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.

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

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Noun[edit]

fiðrildi n (genitive singular fiðrildis, nominative plural fiðrildi)

  1. butterfly

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