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Inherited from Middle French blereau, blariau, from Old French blarel, from blair.
- Possibly from Frankish *blari (“sporting a white blaze on the forehead”) (compare *blasā).
- Alternatively, from Gaulish *blaros, referring to the color gray, closely related to Proto-Celtic *blāwos (“yellow”).
- According to Bratchet, from a diminutive of blé (“corn, wheat”) thus meaning an animal that feeds on corn.
Replaced Old French taisson (“badger”).
blaireau m (plural blaireaux, feminine blairelle)
- shaving brush
- (colloquial) fool
- ^ Bratchet, A. (1873), “blaireau”, in , Kitchin, G. W., transl., Etymological dictionary of the French language (Clarendon Press Series), 1st edition, London: Oxford/MacMillan and Co.
- “blaireau”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
From Old French blarel, from blair.
blaireau m (plural blaireaus)
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