madfall

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Madfall

Etymology[edit]

A variant of mabddall m (person who is born blind; blindworm, slowworm; lizard; newt), from mab (son) +‎ dall (blind).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

madfall m or f (plural madfallod or madfeill or madfeillod)

  1. lizard
    • 1853, Aeron Afan, sef y Cyfansoddiadau Buddugol yn Eisteddfod Iforaidd Aberafan[1], page 49:
      Mae cymmaint a phum tylwyth o leiaf o madfallod wedi eu darganfod yma.
      As many as five families of lizards have been discovered here.
    • 1854, Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd neu Drysorfa o Wyboddaeth Ddwyfol, Iachusol a Chyffredinol[2], page 151:
      Fel y fadfall, newidiant eu lliw gyda phob cyflwr a sefyllfa.
      As the lizard, they change their colour with every condition and situation.
    Synonym: genau-goeg
  2. slowworm, blindworm
    Synonym: neidr ddefaid
  3. newt
    Synonym: madfall ddŵr

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
madfall fadfall unchanged unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “madfall”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies