ilfette

ilfette, f.n: another word for swan. (ILL-veh-tuh / ˈɪl-vɛ-tə)

If you missed it, see the Exeter Book “swan” riddle on Dēor-hord, a medieval and modern bestiary.

A long-necked white swan. Jacob van Maerlant’s Der naturen bloeme. Flanders, c. 1350. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16, f. 79v. [manuscripts.kb.nl]

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