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: 4. mei-   'to tie, bind'

Semantic Field(s): to Bind


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Middle English: demyt n dimity W7
mitre n miter W7
samit n samite W7
English: dimity n sheer corded plain cotton fabric AHD/W7
mir n pre-revolutionary Russian village of peasant farmers AHD
miter n liturgical headdress of abbot/bishop AHD/W7
mitosis n replication of chromosomes (followed by cell division) AHD/W7
samite n rich medieval silk fabric with gold/silver interwoven AHD/W7
Latin: mitra n.fem miter: turban, headband W7
Medieval Latin: examitum n.neut samite W7
samitum n.neut samite W7
New Latin: mitosis n.fem cell division W7
Middle French: mitre n.fem miter, headband, headgear W7
samit n.masc samite, kind of thread W7
Old Church Slavonic: mirŭ n peace AHD
Russian: mir n mir, peace, commune AHD
Greek: hexamitos adj re: six threads W7
mitos n.masc warp thread W7
Medieval Greek: dimitos adj re: double thread W7
Sanskrit: mitra n friend 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)
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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