adder

adder (n.) O.E. næddre "a snake, serpent, viper," from W.Gmc. *nædro "a snake" (Cf. O.N. naðra, M.Du. nadre, O.H.G. natra, Ger. Natter, Goth. nadrs), from PIE root *netr- (Cf. L. natrix "water snake," probably by folk-association with nare "to swim;" O.Ir. nathir, Welsh neidr "adder"). The modern form represents a faulty separation 14c.-16c. into an adder, for which see also APRON (Cf. apron), AUGER (Cf. auger), NICKNAME (Cf. nickname), HUMBLE (Cf. humble) pie, UMPIRE (Cf. umpire). Nedder is still a northern English dialect form. Folklore connection with deafness is via Psalm lviii:1-5. The adder is said to stop up its ears to avoid hearing the snake charmer called in to drive it away. Adderbolt (late 15c.) was a former name for "dragonfly."

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