Surnom d’Apollon dans la religion celtique, l’appellation Vindonnus est attestée localement par trois inscriptions gallo-romaines à Essarois (Côte-d’Or). C’est un dérivé suffixé de vindo-blanc»), largement représenté dans l’onomastique gauloise et dans toutes les langues celtiques (irlandais, find , finn ; gallois, gwynn ; breton, gwenn ). Il n’est pas impossible que le gaulois ait eu aussi les trois sens fondamentaux du thème vindo- en celtique insulaire: «blanc», «beau» et «sacré», ce dernier sens étant appliqué aux êtres divins, comme l’indiquent le surnom d’Étain, Bé Find («femme blanche »), et la désignation irlandaise des anges dans le vocabulaire religieux chrétien: in drong find («la troupe blanche»).

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