Eichhörnchen

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Eichhorn +‎ -chen, diminutive of Eichhorn, folk etymology based on Eiche and Horn, but actually from Middle High German eichurne, from Old High German eihhorno, from Proto-West Germanic *aikwernō.

Cognate with Old English acol (frightened),[1][2] also Dutch eekhoorn, eekhoorntje, West Frisian iikhoarntsje, Middle English aquerne, Danish egern, Norwegian Bokmål ekorn, Swedish ekorre, Icelandic íkorni.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈaɪ̯çˌhœʁnçən/
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  • Hyphenation: Eich‧hörn‧chen

NounEdit

Eichhörnchen n (strong, genitive Eichhörnchens, plural Eichhörnchen)

  1. squirrel (in the narrow sense, Sciurus vulgaris)
    Synonym: Eichhorn
    Das Geheimnis des blauen Eichhörnchens
    The Secret of the Blue Squirrel

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eichhörnchen” in Duden online
  2. ^ Eichhörnchen” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

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