From Middle English malt, from Old English mealt, from Proto-Germanic *maltą ("malt"), from *maltaz, from Proto-Indo-European *meld-, *mled-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Moalt ("malt"), Dutch mout ("malt"), German Malz ("malt"), Swedish malt ("malt"), Old Church Slavonic младъ ("tender; young"), Russian молодой ("young; fresh; new"). The Proto-Germanic noun was borrowed into Proto-Slavic as *malta; compare Ukrainian мо́лот, Czech mláto. More at melt.
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