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GPC has only [cf. Gwyddeleg <dreŠn>].  "Dryw" meaning "druid,
seer" is under a separate lemma with the etymology [Brythoneg
<*druwids>, cf. Hen Wyddeleg <druŪ>]

Jim Rader

> LEIA deems this to be a popular etymology, but one which was
> widely accepted.  "Drešn", whose second syllable is the mark
> of the diminutive, is clearly a cognate of Welsh "dryw", a
> word which can also mean "seer".  The identification of the
> little bird with magic is thus not limited to Ireland.
>
> What does the GPC dictionary have for an etymology of the
> Welsh name for the bird?
>
> Dennis