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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German Liebe ‎(love), from Middle High German liebe ‎(joy, affection, kindliness), from from Old High German lioba, liobī, derived from the adjective liob (whence Yiddish ליב ‎(lib)), from Proto-Germanic *leubaz, from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ- ‎(love, care, desire). The sense “(romantic) love” developped only in early modern German, replacing older Minne; the noun as such is absent from many German dialects. The final -e in Yiddish also attests to the non-native origin.

NounEdit

ליבע ‎(libef, plural ליבעס ‎(libes)

  1. love

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