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: bherək̑-, bhrēk̑-   'to shine, glitter'

Semantic Field(s): to Shine, Glisten


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Old English: brægd adj bent ASD
brægd n.masc fraud, deceit ASD
bredan vb to braid CDC
bregdan, brægd, brugdon, brogden vb to braid, weave, pull, throw, vibrate RPN
brīdel n.masc bridle ASD/W7
ūpbrēdan vb to upbraid, reproach ASD/W7
Middle English: bra n brae W7
bra(i)de, brayd n sudden movement, grievous onslaught MEV
braiden, breiden, brayden vb to braid CDC
breme, breem n bream CDC/W7
breyden vb to braid, weave, move suddenly W7
bridel, brydel n bridle MEV/W7
upbreyden vb to upbraid, scold severely W7
English: brae n hillside, esp. along river AHD/W7
braid vb.trans to twist (three/more strands) together AHD/W7
bream n European freshwater cyprinid fish AHD/W7
bridle n headstall/bit/reins with which horse is guided AHD/W7
upbraid vb.trans to find fault with, criticize severely AHD/W7
West Germanic  
Old Frisian: brida vb to braid, weave, pull, throw, vibrate ASD
Dutch: brasem n bream CDC
breidel n.masc bridle ASD
Old Saxon: bregdan vb to braid, weave, pull, throw, vibrate ASD
bressemo n bream CDC
Low German: breiden vb to braid, weave, pull, throw, vibrate ASD
Old High German: brahsima, brahsina n bream CDC/W7
brettan vb to draw (a sword) W7
brittil n.masc bridle ASD
Middle High German: brasem, brahsen n bream CDC
brehen vb to twinkle, sparkle RPN
German: Brachse, Brasse n.fem bream LRC
Brachsen, Brassen n.masc bream CDC
North Germanic  
Old Norse: bragða, bragðað vb to move, stir LRC
brā n eyelash W7
bregða vb to throw, draw (sword), move quickly LRC
Old Icelandic: brjá vb to sparkle, flicker RPN
Icelandic: bregða vb to braid, weave, pull, throw, vibrate ASD
Danish: brasen n bream CDC
Old Swedish: braxn n bream CDC
Swedish: braxen n bream CDC
Old French: bresme n bream CDC
French: bréme n bream CDC
Greek: phorkon adj white; wrinkled W7
Sanskrit: bhrā́śate vb to shine, glitter RPN


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

Abbrev. Meaning
fem=feminine (gender)
masc=masculine (gender)

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
MEV=J.R.R. Tolkien: A Middle English Vocabulary (1922)
RPN=Allan R. Bomhard: Reconstructing Proto-Nostratic (2002)
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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