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Formed analogically, with the verbal suffix -ir, from cueil, stressed conjugated form of the original cueudre, cueildre, cueldre, from Latin colligere, present active infinitive of colligō (collect), from con- (with, together) + legō (bring together, gather, collect).



  1. to pick (of a flower, to detach from the rest of the plant)


This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb ends in a palatal stem, so there is an extra i before the e of some endings. This verb has a stressed present stem cueill distinct from the unstressed stem coill, as well as other irregularities. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.


  • French: cueillir
  • Norman: tchilyi


  • “Appendix E: Irregular Verbs” in E. Einhorn (1974), Old French: A Concise Handbook, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 151