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Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

cnif

  1. Alternative form of knyf

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cnīf is the expected reflex of Proto-Germanic *knībaz (knife), but it is not attested until the 11th century and earlier Old English instead used seax, sax and meteseax, metsax (cognate with German Messer), so some suspect that cnīf was borrowed from or reinforced by Old Norse knífr. Cognate to Middle Low German knīf, Middle Dutch cnijf (Dutch knijf), German Kneif.

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NounEdit

cnīf m

  1. knife

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