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S. #maew n. “gull” (Category: Gull, Petrel)

S. #maew, n. “gull” (Category: Gull, Petrel)
S. #mŷl “gull”

A noun for “gull” first appearing as N. maew in The Etymologies of the 1930s derived from the root ᴹ√MIW¹ “whine” (Ety/MIW). It appeared in later notes as an archaic genitive plural maewion in the phrase S. †glim maewion “(the) voices of gulls” (PE17/97). Its class plural mewrim seems to have appeared in S. Ras Mewrim “*Cape of the Gulls”, an alternate name for S. Bar-in-Mŷl “Home of the Gulls” (WJ/190). If so, the vowel e would be the result of the sound change whereby ae sometimes became e in polysyllables.

References ✧ PE17/97; WJ/190


Mewrim class-plural   ✧ WJ/190
maewia old-genitive   ✧ PE17/97
maewion old-genitive plural “of gulls” ✧ PE17/97

Element In



N. maew n. “gull” (Category: Gull, Petrel)

See S. #maew for discussion.

Reference ✧ Ety/MIW ✧ “gull”



Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√MIW > maew [maiwe] > [maiw] > [maew] ✧ Ety/MIW