Falter

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfaltɐ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Fal‧ter

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German vīvalter, from Old High German fīfaltra, from Proto-Germanic *fifaldǭ, *fīfildǭ (butterfly), from Proto-Indo-European [Term?]. Cognate with Dutch vijfwouter, Icelandic fiðrildi, and outside Germanic Latin papilio. The form was variously altered and re-interpreted as Zweifalter, Pfeiffalter, etc., from which Falter was backformed, probably by association with unrelated falten (“to fold”, as if of the wings).

Noun[edit]

Falter m (genitive Falters, plural Falter)

  1. an insect of the order Lepidoptera, i.e. a butterfly or moth
    Synonym: Schmetterling (in common use mostly for “butterfly”)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From falten (to fold) +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

Falter m (genitive Falters, plural Falter)

  1. (Austria) leaflet, folder
    Synonyms: Broschüre, Faltblatt

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Further reading[edit]

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