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13th century, in the meaning defined above
15th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English, from Old English dagian; akin to Old High German tagēn to dawn, Old English dæg day
Middle English dawe; akin to Old High German taha jackdaw
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“Daw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daw. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.
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