læce

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Old English[edit]

Pronunciation[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.

Noun[edit]

lǣċe m

  1. physician, doctor

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

lǣċe m

  1. leech