Cl sylueren; WA siluiryn
‘silver’(Modern English silver)
The adj. form related to syluer (n.); see discussion at that entry.
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
silfr (n.) 'silver'
(ONP silfr (sb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far silvur, Icel silfur, Norw sylv, ODan sølfver, Dan sølv, Sw silver
seol(o)fren, seolfern (etc.) 'made of silver'; cp. seol(o)for, siol(o)for (n.) 'silver'
Phonological and morphological markers
[absence of back-mutation of */i/] (possibly diagnostic) (may not be applicable)
Spellings in <i> (or later in <y>) are common and widespread in ME (and already to be found in the Peterborough interpolations to ASC.E s.a. 656 and in a1225(OE) Vsp.A.Hom.Init.Creat.(Vsp A.22)). See further LALME dot maps 1065–7 (S half of England only), where <e> variants (and related forms in <u, eo> etc.) are more or less confined to the SWM. On the place-name evidence see EPNE.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Gaw 124, 886; Cl 1406; WA 1565
At Gaw 124 the MS apparently reads <syluener> (i.e. the result of a misplaced mark of abbreviation), but this has been corrected to *sylueren since Morris (footnote) and M(G).