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Pied stands for a group of animals. The word goes back to the old high German  zepar  ' sacrificial animal ' with the collective prefix ge and thus designates animals that are suitable for a sacrifice. Sheep and goats are primarily meant. The term vermin , which is still in use today, emerged as a demarcation .

The term is found almost exclusively in old, often biblical texts.

Web links

Wiktionary: Geziefer  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Vermin. In: Jacob Grimm , Wilhelm Grimm (Hrsg.): German dictionary . tape 7 : Ordinary – Glaive - (IV, 1st section, part 4). S. Hirzel, Leipzig 1949, Sp. 7045 ( woerterbuchnetz.de ).