Lemizh / English dictionary
to make owls
The owl has been used as a metaphor for people who like to stay up late since Early New Lemizh, especially quiet, cautious ones. See also pevrÌ. ‘lark’.
< NLem mesw‑a
< LMLem, MLem minesw‑yr
< OLem minesw‑ ‘Goddess of wisdom’
< PLem *menesw‑
< PIE *men‑ésu̯‑eh₂, nominalisation of
PIE *men‑ ‘think’
The word appears to have been used metonymically for owls already in OLem.
Gk μνάομαι ‘remember’, Lat Minerva