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Perhaps from an onomatopoeic Proto-Indo-European root *dʰek-, *dʰēk- (a daw, starling, thrush). Cognate with Old Prussian doacke (starling), Latin faccilāre (the sound or timbre of the thrush).



*dēhǭ f

  1. (West Germanic) jackdaw


ōn-stemDeclension of *dēhǭ (ōn-stem)
singular plural
nominative *dēhǭ *dēhōniz
vocative *dēhǭ *dēhōniz
accusative *dēhōnų *dēhōnunz
genitive *dēhōniz *dēhōnǫ̂
dative *dēhōni *dēhōmaz
instrumental *dēhōnē *dēhōmiz


  • Proto-West Germanic: *dāhwā, *dagwā; *dahā
    • Old English: dāwe
    • Old Saxon: dāha
    • Old High German: tāha