Bregen

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle Low German brēgen, from Old Saxon *bregin, *bragan, from Proto-West Germanic *bragn, from Proto-Germanic *bragną. Cognate with Old English bræġn / bræġen, Dutch brein, English brain.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbreːɡən/, [ˈbʁeːɡŋ̍], [ˈbʁeːɡn̩], [ˈbʁeːɡən]
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Bregen m (strong, genitive Bregens, no plural)

  1. (regional, chiefly Northern Germany) (animal) brain
    Synonym: Hirn
  2. (humorous) head
    Synonym: Schädel

Usage notes[edit]

  • The simple noun is chiefly restricted to the technical language of butchers, farmers, huntsmen; but Bregenwurst is a common term for a traditional sausage in northern Germany.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedrich Kluge (1883), “Brägen”, in , John Francis Davis, transl., Etymological Dictionary of the German Language, published 1891

Further reading[edit]

  • Bregen” in Duden online
  • Bregen” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache