- Romanization of
From Proto-Germanic *maþô, from Proto-Indo-European *mat-, *mot-, used for insects and vermin. Cognate with Old Saxon maðo (Dutch made (“maggot, worm”)), Old High German mado (German Made (“maggot”)), Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌸𐌰 (maþa); Old Norse had the diminutive form maðkr (dialectal English mawk; compare also maddock). The Indo-European root is also the source of Old Armenian մաթիլ (matʿil, “small louse”).
maþa m (nominative plural maþan)
- Scots: mathe