healand

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English healend, from Old English hǣlend (Saviour, Christ, literally Healing One, Healer), equivalent to heal +‎ -and. Cognate with Dutch Heiland (Saviour, Christ), German Heiland (Saviour, Redeemer).

Noun[edit]

healand (plural healands)

  1. (rare, dialectal or obsolete) One who heals or saves; a saviour.
    • 1867, Maximilian Schele de Vere, Studies in English:
      [...] and the Saviour was to them touchingly, as he is to the Germans to this day, the Healand, the " Healing " one.
    • 2011, Roy Blount Jr., Alphabetter Juice:
      The Old English word for Jesus was healend, one who heals, or the Savior.