One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A trinket, a piece of bric-a-brac.
Old English (in an earlier sense). Cognate with Old Saxon mēðom (masculine) precious thing, a treasure, Old Icelandic meiðmar (feminine plural) valuables, Gothic maiþms (masculine) gift, ultimately from the Indo-European base of classical Latin mūtāre to exchange.
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