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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: gelbh-   'womb, uterus; young animal'

Semantic Field(s): Womb


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Middle English: dolphin n dolphin W7
English: delphinium n erect branching perennial herb AHD/W7
diadelphous adj having stamens united in 2 sets by filaments AHD/CDC
dolphin n small, toothed whale AHD/W7
monadelphous adj re: stamens with all filaments united into single tubelike group AHD
West Germanic  
German: Delphin n.masc dolphin LRC
Latin: delphinus n.masc dolphin W7
Medieval Latin: dalfinus n.masc dolphin W7
New Latin: delphinium n.neut larkspur W7
Old French: dalfin n.masc title of lords of the Dauphine W7
Middle French: daufin n.masc dolphin W7
dophin n.masc dolphin W7
Old Provençal: dalfin n.masc dolphin W7
Greek: ἀδελφή n.fem sister LRC
ἀδελφός n.masc brother LRC
delphinion n.neut delphinium W7
delphis, delphinos n.masc dolphin W7
delphys n.fem womb W7
Sanskrit: garbha n dolphin; womb W7


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

Abbrev. Meaning
fem=feminine (gender)
masc=masculine (gender)
neut=neuter (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)
CDC=W.D. Whitney and B.E. Smith: The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1889-1911)
LRC=Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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