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Does anyone know why an eddy is called an eddy? This question keeps popping up on our shuttles and google does not seem to know the answer.
 

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eddy small whirlpool. XV (Sc. ydy). perh. of Scand. orig. (cf. ON. iǒa eddy, whirlpool); prob. f. base of OE. ed- again, back = OHG. et(a)-, ON. iǒ-, Goth. then, but, rel. to L. et and, Gr. éti yet; cf. MHG. itwæge flood, whirlpool (-wæge corr. to OE. wǣġ wave).

Main Entry: 1ed·dy
Pronunciation: \ˈe-dē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural eddies
Etymology: Middle English (Scots) ydy, probably from Old Norse itha
Date: 15th century
 
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