palfrey

palfrey
palfrey (n.) mid-12c., "saddle horse for ordinary riding (opposed to a war horse), small horse for ladies," from O.Fr. palefrei (11c.), from M.L. palafredus, altered by dissimilation from L.L. paraveredus "post horse for outlying districts" (6c.), originally "extra horse," from Gk. para "beside, secondary" + L. veredus "post horse; light, fast horse used by couriers," from Gaul. *voredos (Cf. Welsh gorwydd "horse," O.Ir. riadaim "I ride"). The Latin word passed to Old High German as pfarifrid, where in modern German it has become the usual word for "horse" (pferd).

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