From Middle English medowe, medewe, medwe (also mede > Modern English mead), from Old English mǣdwe, inflected form of mǣd (see mead), from Proto-Germanic *mēdwō (compare West Frisian miede, dialectal Dutch made, dialectal German Matte, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂met- (compare Welsh medi, Latin metere, Ancient Greek ἄμητος ("reaping")), enlargement of *h₂meh₁-. More at mow.
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