Butter

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German buter, butter m, f, from Old High German butera, from Proto-Germanic *buterǭ, borrowed from Latin butyra, collective plural of butyrum. Though originally feminine, the word became masculine throughout Upper German and in southern dialects of West Central German. The now established feminine gender is East Central German, reinforced by Middle Low German boter f.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbʊtɐ/
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Noun[edit]

Butter f or m (genitive Butter, no plural)

  1. butter
    Synonym: Anke (Switzerland)

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the formal standard language, Butter is exclusively feminine. Masculine use is sometimes adopted from local dialects into colloquial German, especially in Swabia.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Lower Sorbian: butra

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Hunsrik[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German butera, from Proto-Germanic *buterǭ, from Latin būtȳrum, from Ancient Greek βούτυρον (boúturon).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Butter f

  1. butter
    Ich esse Brod mit Butter.
    I eat bread with butter.

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