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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The German dialects of northern Germany. Also called Plattdeutsch.
  • n. The continental West Germanic languages except High German.

Etymologies

Translation of German Niederdeutsch : nieder, low (from the lowland terrain of northern Germany) + Deutsch, German.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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