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Old English[edit]


Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *lēkijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *lēgios. Cognate with Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐌺𐌴𐌹𐍃 (lekeis), Old High German lāhhi, Old Norse læknir (Danish læge (physician)) and with Old Irish liaig (Irish liaigh). Akin to Russian лекарство (lekarstvo, drug), лекарь (lekarʹ, physician), Czech lékař, lék, Polish lek, lekarz, lekarka, lekarstwo.


lǣċe m

  1. physician, doctor

Etymology 2[edit]

Cognate with Middle Dutch lake, leke. Probably assimilated to Etymology 1, above, by popular etymology.


lǣċe m

  1. leech