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- proper n. A language that descended from Old Saxon and is the ancestor of modern Low German, spoken from about 1100 to 1600.
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- n. Low German from 1100 to 1500
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The first is from Middle Low German māt(e), "comrade", apparently cognate with "meat", i.e. someone you ate with; the second (ultimately) from Persian šāh māta, "the king is dead".
Rather different, however, is the idea called up by the corresponding Middle Low German _modersone_, which means
[Middle English, related to Middle Dutch craghe, Middle Low German krage 'neck, throat']
This word comes from English dialect geek, geck: fool, freak; from Low German geck, from Middle Low German.
[Old English riopan; related to Norwegian ripa to scratch, Middle Low German repen to card, ripple (flax)]
However, the identity of this Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wagen - with wagen ` wagon 'is doubted by some, who refer it to Old Frisian wāch = Old English wāg ` wall.'
"Etymology 1: From polle ( 'hair of the head'), (recorded in English since c. 1290), from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pol ( 'head, top').