N. emlin n. “yellow bird, yellow hammer” (Category: Bird (other))
A word for a yellow bird in The Etymologies of the 1930s, apparently the species yellowhammer, appearing under the root ᴹ√SMAL “yellow” (Ety/SMAL). The initial element was derived from primitive ᴹ✶asmalē, which became ON. ammale in Old Noldorin, but at this stage the word was expanded to ON. ammalinde with the addition of *linde “song”, and whole word became emlin as a result of i-affection. Emlin replaced deleted variants ammalen and amalen, both apparently derived from ON. ammalinda, where a-affection trumped i-affection.
References ✧ Ety/SMAL; EtyAC/SMAL
|ON. ammalinde > em(m)elin > emlin||[ammalinde] > [emmelinde] > [emmelind] > [emmlind] > [emmlind] > [emmlinn] > [emmlin] > [emlin]||✧ Ety/SMAL|