Origin of eftMiddle English euete ; from Old English efeta, older, dialect, dialectal , literary form of newt
Origin of eftMiddle English ; from OE, origin, originally comparative (Gmc an unverified form aftis) of aft
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A newt in its juvenile terrestrial stage, especially the reddish-orange form of the North American species Notophthalmus viridescens.
Origin of eftMiddle English evete, from Old English efeta.
- A newt, especially the European smooth newt (Triton punctatus).
The term red eft is used for the land-dwelling juvenile stage of the eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens).
From Old English efeta, of unknown origin.
- 1384, John Wycliffe, Bible (Wycliffe): Mark, ii, 1,
- And eft he entride in to Cafarnaum, aftir eiyte daies.
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XXI:
- And so effte he hyd the swerde, and returned agayne and tolde the Kynge that he had bene at the watir and done hys commaundement.
- 1557, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, The Fourth Book of Virgil,
- And when they were all gone, / And the dim moon doth eft withhold the light...