Thomson, John Etymons of English Words

ISBN 13: 9780217474245

Etymons of English Words

9780217474245: Etymons of English Words

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1819. Excerpt: ... M. JVl. has, in English, an unvaried sound by compression of the lips, as mine, tame, camp; and it is never mute. In the Celtic dialects M, B, F, V,were subject to general intermutations. The Goths also substituted M for V frequently; and thus the Latin verus and merus appear to have been originally the same word. M, or Me, appears to have had nearly the same formation, meaning and use, in Gothic, with the prefixes be, ve and ge, to denote adaptation or intensity. Thus from eat we have meat and bait, food: the Gothic auk, eyk, increase, our eke, seems in this way to have produced our much and mickle: and the Gothic inna, to enter, served to form the word mine, a subterraneous entrance, mien, a mouth, a countenance, and mint, money. Malt, was from ealoth, ale. MAB, s. A name given to the Queen of the Fairies. Heb. W. and Arm. mab, a child or any small animal; I. baeib, badhbh, maeib, a fairy. G. vif, veib, a woman, may have been pronounced meib, by the usual mutation of v into m; and alf veib, a female elf, was a fairy. MAC, . A son. G. maug, T. mag, mac, S. mag, I. mac, W. maccwy, Malabar magun, a son, a male child; G. may, magd, a daughter, a maid; ma.g, a relation. G. mag»,was also an embryo; whence S. magth, a progeny, race, tribe. The Medes, S. mathas, mtsgethas, the Mattiaci, of Germany and England, appear to have had their names from this extensive root; see Man. MACARONI, s. 1. A kind of pastry. /«r«iio». It. maccarone, Heb. mahha, Arm. macha, dough, paste. 2. An affected, illiterate person, who speaks a vulgar dialect, such as was used by Mertino Cocca, in a burlesque poem on pastry, called Macaronia. MACAROON, s. F. maccaron, a kind of biscuit made of flour, almonds, eggs and butter; see Macaroni. MACAW, t. The name of a speci...

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