Etymology
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anvil (n.)

Old English anfilt "anvil," a Proto-Germanic compound (source also of Middle Dutch anvilt, Old High German anafalz, Dutch aanbeeld, Danish ambolt "anvil"), apparently representing *ana- "on" (see on (prep.)) + *filtan "to hit" (from PIE root *pel- (5) "to thrust, strike, drive").

The ear bone (incus) is so called from 1680s. The musical Anvil Chorus is based on the "Gypsy Song" that opens Act II of Verdi's "Il Trovatore," first performed in Teatro Apollo, Rome, Jan. 19, 1853.

updated on September 23, 2022

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