fell

\ \ English has no fewer than four separate words fell, not counting the past tense of fall. Fellcut down’ [OE] originated as the ‘causative’ version of fall – that is to say, it means literally ‘cause to fall’. It comes ultimately from prehistoric Germanic *falljan, causative of *fallanfall’. Fellanimal’s skin’ [OE] goes back via Germanic *fellam (source also of English film) to Indo-European *pello- (whence Latin pellisskin’, from which English gets pellagra [19], pellicle [16], and peltskin’ [15]). Fellhill’ [13] was borrowed from Old Norse fjallhill’; this seems to be related to German felsrock’, whose ultimate ancestor was Indo-European *pels-.
\ \ And the adjective fellfierce, lethal’ [13] was borrowed from Old French fel, ancestor of English felon.
\ \ Cf.FALL; FILM, PELT; FELON

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