The English term "man" is derived from Old English mann, which in turn is ultimately derived from the Indian name Manu. The Old English form had a default meaning of "adult male" (which was the exclusive meaning of wer), though it could also signify a person of unspecified gender. The closely related Old English pronoun man was used just as it is in Modern German to designate "one" (e.g., as in the saying Man muss mit den Wölfen heulen). The Old English form is derived from Proto-Germanic *mannz, "human being, person", which is also the etonym of German Mann "man, husband" and man "one" (pronoun), Old Norse maðr, and Gothic manna. According to Tacitus, the mythological progenitor of the Germanic tribes was called Mannus. The Germanic form is derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *manu-s "man, person", which in turn is derived from the Indian name Manu, mythological progenitor of the Hindus.
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