feþer

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See also: fether, feyer, and féther

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English feþer, from Proto-Germanic *feþrō, from Proto-Indo-European *péth₂r̥ ~ pth₂én-.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɛðər/, /ˈfɛːðər/, /ˈfɛdər/

Noun[edit]

feþer (plural feþeres)

  1. a feather

Descendants[edit]

  • English: feather
  • Scots: fedder

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *feþrō, from Proto-Indo-European *péth₂r̥ ~ pth₂én- (feather, wing), from *peth₂- (to fly). Cognate with Old Frisian fethere, Old Saxon fethera, Old High German fedara, Old Norse fjǫðr. The Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek πέτεσθαι (pétesthai), πτῶσις (ptôsis), Latin penna, Old Armenian թիռ (tʿiṙ), Celtic Proto-Celtic *petno- (Old Irish én, Breton ein (bird)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfe.θer/, [ˈfe.ðer]

Noun[edit]

feþer f (nominative plural feþra)

  1. a feather
  2. a pen (writing instrument)
    Iċ sōðlīċe þenċe mid mīnre feðre, for þon þe mīn hēafod oft nāt nāwiht be þām þe mīn hand wrītt.
    I really do think with my pen, because my head often knows nothing about what my hand is writing.

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