aberdevine

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See also: aber-de-vine

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Attested since the mid 1700s,[1] of obscure origin. Richard Coates suggests that it may derive from Welsh aderyn and draenog[2] with substantial phonological modifications. (The alternative form aber-de-vine shows re-interpretation as a French compound with de.)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæb.ə.dəˌvaɪn/, /ˈæb.ɚ.dəˌvaɪn/

Noun[edit]

aberdevine (plural aberdevines)

  1. (obsolete outside dialects) The Eurasian siskin or spruce siskin, Spinus spinus, a small green and yellow finch related to the goldfinch. [mid-18th century]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], →ISBN), page 3
  2. ^ Richard Coates, A Possible Etymology for Aberdevine "Siskin", Notes & Queries, September 2011, volume 58, issue 3.