farfett

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Maltese[edit]

Farfett

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from dialectal Arabic; compare especially Tunisian Arabic فرططو(farṭaṭṭu, butterfly) and Moroccan Arabic فرططو(farṭuṭṭu, butterfly), but also Moroccan Arabic فرطوط(farṭūṭ, moth) etc. Eventually from Berber, compare Kabyle aferṭeṭṭu. The second -f- might be due to influence by Italian farfalla, which is unrelated (unless it were perhaps itself from the Arabic rather than from the suggested Latin papilio).

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farfett m (plural friefet)

  1. butterfly

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