Origin of daw

1400–50; late Middle English dawe; compare Old High German taha
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  1. an archaic, dialect, or poetic name for a jackdaw

Word Origin for daw

C15: related to Old High German taha
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Word Origin and History for daw

early 15c., from Proto-Germanic *dakhwo (cf. Old High German taha, German Dohle), perhaps imitative of bird's cry. Medieval Latin tacula, Italian taccola are said to be Germanic loan words.

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