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Meanings

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to infest, to attack, to come over
(Cousin of English "to befall". Not really a translation though. Mainly used for insects attacking plants or some sort of curse or spell "infecting" a person. NOT for physical attacks on people. That would be "anfallen".)
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The verb "fallen" - (almost) all Prefix Versions

Vocab:

fallen, auffallen, ausfallen, befallen, entfallen, einfallen, abfallen, anfallen, verfallen,...


Word Family

Root: *pol-

The core idea of this root was:

falling

It doesn’t have any other relatives besides to fall and fallen (and “to fell” and “fällen”) in German and English and it is notably absent from the Latin branch of the Indo-European family. There, the word for falling was *kadere, which is the origin of words like cadence, incident or case.

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