Origin of mistletoe
- Middle English mistelto back-formation from Old English misteltān (tān) (taken for pl. of tā toe) mistel mistletoe meigh- in Indo-European roots tān twig
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English misteltÄn, from mistel "˜mistletoe' + tÄn "˜twig'. Compare mistle.