sceadu

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *skadwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *skotwōs. Cognate with Old High German scato (German Schatten), Gothic 𐍃𐌺𐌰𐌳𐌿𐍃 ‎(skadus). The Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek σκότος ‎(skótos), Proto-Celtic *skāton (Irish scáth, Breton squeut).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

sċeadu f

  1. shadow, darkness
    • Beowulf
      -- þæt wæs yldum cúþ / þæt híe ne móste þá metod nolde / se synscaþa under sceadu bregdan --
      'Mid earthmen 'twas 'stablished, / Th' implacable foeman was powerless to hurl them / To the land of shadows, if the Lord were unwilling
  2. protection

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