Date: Tue, 17 Sep 1996 16:55:24 -0600
From: Samuel Jones smjones1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU
Subject: Re: Ladybug Etymology?
Can any ADS-er help me out with sources for etymology/folklore
involving the ladybug and the Virgin Mary?
Somebody is bugging me (sorry, no pun intended) for some info
about this for a religious article. They figured out that
ladybug is "mariankaufer" in German and know that there's a story
in there somewhere...
any help gratefully received and deeply appreciated!
emm2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]midway.uchicago.edu
erin.mckean[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]harpercollins.com
The correct German word is Marienkaefer = (roughly) Marian Beetle,
and NOT Mariankaufer, which does NOT exist as such in German.
I believe the British may translate Marienkaefer as Ladybird (?),
You might try looking up the term's etymologie in DER GROSSE DUDEN.
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