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West Frisian[edit]


Of unknown origin. Perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *fî-faldrôn (flying, folding), from *fifaldǭ (butterfly). If so, related to Faroese firvaldur and German Falter.[1][2]

Probably related to Dutch vlinder and Middle English flindre; also compare Albanian flutur (butterfly).


flinter c (plural flinters, diminutive flinterke)

  1. butterfly

Further reading[edit]

  • flinter”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011


  1. ^ Dumitrescu, Ioana (2014): The Butterfly Effect on Languages
  2. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013), “fifaldra”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 140