maþum

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Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *maiþmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *moītmos, from *moīt- (to exchange). Cognate with Old Saxon mēðom, Old Norse meiðmar (valuables), Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌸𐌼𐍃 (maiþms). The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Latin mūtāre (to exchange).

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Noun[edit]

māþum m (nominative plural māþmas)

  1. precious or valuable thing, treasure, object of value, jewel, ornament, gift
    Máððum óðres weorp, gold mon sceal gifan. — Treasures of others are cast away, gold must be given.

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