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Old English

Etymology

From Germanic *medu-, from Indo-European *medʰu- ‘sweet drink’.

Germanic cognates: Old Frisian mede, Middle Low German mēde (Dutch mede), Old High German meto (German Met), Old Norse mjǫðr (Swedish mjöd).

Indo-European cognates: Sanskrit मधु, Greek μέθυ ‘wine’, Latin medus, Old Irish mid (Welsh medd ‘mead’), Old Church Slavonic медъ ‘honey’ (Russian мёд ‘honey, mead’), Lithuanian medùs ‘honey’, Tocharian B mīt.

Compare also Finnish and Estonian mesi, Hungarian méz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /'medʊ/

Noun

medu m

  1. mead
    Hwilum æfter medo menn mæst geþyrsteð: sometimes men are thirstiest after mead. (Durham Proverbs)
    mægæ medu "mead for the kinsman" (Undley bracteate)

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