meigo

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Attested since 1175 (meigu). From Old Galician and Old Portuguese, from Latin magicus (magical), from Ancient Greek μαγικός (magikós). Compare Portuguese meigo, Spanish mego.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

meigo m (feminine singular meiga, masculine plural meigos, feminine plural meigas)

  1. bewitching, seductive

Noun[edit]

meigo m (plural meigos, feminine meiga, feminine plural meigas)

  1. a wizard, a witch doctor
    • 2013, David D. Vázquez Álvarez, Ninguén nace antetempo, Baía Edicións, page 103:
      —as palabras do meigo unha vez máis non deixaban lugar a dúbidas—.
      —once again, the wizard’s words left no room for doubt.
  2. a person who is believed to have made a pact with the devil.
    • 1991, Ramón Otero Pedrayo, A romaría de Xelmírez, Editorial Galaxia, page 143
      De aí xurdiu posteriormente a lenda de que fora un meigo que fixera pauto co demo para obte-las sedes de Reims, Ravena e Roma.
      From there, a legend later appeared stating that he was a warlock who made a pact with the devil in order to obtain the seats of Reims, Ravenna and Rome.

Usage notes[edit]

Some people make a distinction between meigo (someone who makes potions, herbal cures, enchantments, etc.) and bruxo (someone who has made a pact with the devil).

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • meigo” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • meigo” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • meigo” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • meigo” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese meigo, from Latin magicus (magical), from Ancient Greek μαγικός (magikós). Doublet of mágico, a borrowing. Cf. also Leonese meigo; compare Galician meigo, Spanish mego.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

meigo m (feminine singular meiga, masculine plural meigos, feminine plural meigas, comparable)

  1. sweet, lovely
  2. caring, gentle

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Galician meigo, from Old Portuguese meigo, from Latin magicus (magical), from Ancient Greek μαγικός (magikós). Compare also mego.

Noun[edit]

meigo m (plural meigos)

  1. (NW Spain) A person who is believed to have made a pact with the devil.