nuitun (1213)

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nuitun (1213)

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[ FEW: 7,97b Neptunus; Gdf: 5,51a luiton 1 /5,546a nuitin /5,546a nuiton; GdfC: 10,101a lutin; TL: 6,723 luiton; DEAF: ; DMF:  luiton 1; TLF:  lutin; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]
nutin,  nutun  

The word is not related to nuit1 (‘night’) or nuisir (‘to harm, damage’), but its etymology has been linked with lutin (see DMF lutin) and explained in the FEW as a derivation of the name of the Roman God Neptunus, thus suggesting that the word initially must have referred to a sea creature.

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1mythologicalsmall and evil creature, goblin
( 1213; MS: 1213 )  Quant singe fut, loufes fesoit E quant nuitun, forment crioit, Quant chat fut, donc meaunonot  68ra
( MS: s.xiii )  Exubiaeque probant primum, probat incubus (gloss: nutin roche) illud  28
lutun 
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