veelvraat

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Etymology[edit]

1710; compound of veel ‎(much) +‎ vraat ‎(gobbling, eating gluttonously), calque of German Vielfraß or Low German Veelfraat. The term originally meant simply ‘glutton’ in German, but was applied to the hyena in pre-modern times. In the 15th century, Old Norwegian fjellfross ‎(wolverine, literally mountain cat) was borrowed into Middle Low German by Hanseatic fur traders as villevrās and folk-etymologically blended with the existing word for ‘glutton’, possibly influenced by Finnish ahma ‘glutton; wolverine’, giving veelvratz (Reinke de Vos, 1498), vēlevrās, vēlevrāt. The meaning ‘wolverine’ was initially the only one received into Dutch, although by 1849 the word had acquired the meaning ‘glutton’.

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Noun[edit]

veelvraat m ‎(plural veelvraten, diminutive veelvraatje n)

  1. wolverine, Gulo gulo
  2. glutton

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