Indo-European Lexicon

PIE Etymon and IE Reflexes

Below we display: a Proto-Indo-European (PIE) etymon adapted from Pokorny, with our own English gloss; our Semantic Field assignment(s) for the etymon, linked to information about the field(s); an optional Comment; and Reflexes (derived words) in various Indo-European languages, organized by family/group in west-to-east order where Germanic is split into West/North/East families and English, our language of primary emphasis, is artificially separated from West Germanic. IE Reflexes appear most often as single words with any optional letter(s) enclosed in parentheses; but alternative full spellings are separated by '/' and "principal parts" appear in a standard order (e.g. masculine, feminine, and neuter forms) separated by commas.

Reflexes are annotated with: Part-of-Speech and/or other Grammatical feature(s); a short Gloss which, especially for modern English reflexes, may be confined to the oldest sense; and some Source citation(s) with 'LRC' always understood as editor. Keys to PoS/Gram feature abbreviations and Source codes appear below the reflexes; at the end are links to the previous/next etyma [in Pokorny's alphabetic order] that have reflexes.

All reflex pages are currently under active construction; as time goes on, corrections may be made and/or more etyma & reflexes may be added.

Pokorny Etymon: 1. bhedh-   'to dig, stab, pierce, embed'

Semantic Field(s): to Dig, Delve, to Press, Knife (tool)


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Welsh: bedd n grave RPN
Gaulish: bedo- n canal, ditch RPN
Old English: bed(d) n bed ASD/W7
Middle English: bed(de) n bed CDC/W7
fosse n fosse W7
English: bed n furniture for sleeping/reclining AHD/W7
bed vb to put to bed, place in bed W2I
embed, imbed vb to enclose, set solidly W2I
fossa n anatomical pit/cavity AHD/W7
fosse n moat, ditch AHD/W7
fossil n trace of plant/animal of past geological age AHD/W7
fossorial adj adapted to digging AHD/W7
West Germanic  
Old Frisian: bed n bed CDC
Dutch: bed n.neut bed ASD/CDC
Old Saxon: bed n.neut bed ASD/CDC
Old High German: bet(ti), petti n.neut bed ASD/CDC
Middle High German: bet(te) n.neut bed CDC
German: Bett n.neut bed CDC
North Germanic  
Old Norse: beðr n.masc bed ASD
Bǫðvarr prop.n.masc Bothvar LRC
bǫðvarr n.masc battle LRC
Icelandic: beðr n bed CDC
Danish: bed n bed ASD
Swedish: bädd n.neut bed ASD/CDC
East Germanic  
Gothic: badi n.neut bed ASD/CDC
Latin: fodiō, fodere, fōdī, fossum vb to dig (up), pierce, stab RPN
fossa n.fem dip, hole in ground W7
fossilis adj dug up W7
Medieval Latin: fossorius adj fossorial, adapted to digging W7
New Latin: fossa n.fem anatomical pit/depression W7
Old French: fosse n.fem dip, hole in ground W7
Lithuanian: bãdas n.masc starvation LRC
badaũ, badýti vb to pierce, gore RPN
bedù, bèsti vb to dig, bury RPN
Old Church Slavonic: bodǫ, bosti vb to stick, prick RPN
Hittite: pád-da-i, píd-da-i to dig RPN


Key to Part-of-Speech/Grammatical feature abbreviations:

Abbrev. Meaning
3=3rd person
fem=feminine (gender)
masc=masculine (gender)
neut=neuter (gender)
sg=singular (number)

Key to information Source codes (always with 'LRC' as editor):

Code Citation
AHD=Calvert Watkins: The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed. (2000)
ASD=Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller: An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1898)
CDC=W.D. Whitney and B.E. Smith: The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1889-1911)
LRC=Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
RPN=Allan R. Bomhard: Reconstructing Proto-Nostratic (2002)
W2I=Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd ed. (1959)
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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