pouvier

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French povoir, pooir, from early Old French poeir, from Vulgar Latin *potēre ‎(to be able) for Classical Latin posse, present active infinitive of possum. *Potēre was a regularized form from the root potis ‎(able) or formed on the basis of the present participle potens. The v is an epenthetic consonant added to avoid hiatus.

Verb[edit]

pouvier

  1. (Guernsey) can, to be able to