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: pleus-   'to pluck, deplume, pull out; plucked hair/feathers'

Semantic Field(s): to Draw, Pull, Hair, Feather


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Old English: flēos n.neut fleece ASD
Middle English: deplumen vb to deplume W7
flees n fleece W7
plume n plume W7
English: deplume vb.trans to pluck off feathers AHD/W7
filoplume n hairlike feather AHD
fleece n wool covering sheep/similar animal AHD/W7
plumate adj plume-like AHD
plume n feather AHD/W7
plumose adj feathered, having featherlike growths AHD
plumule n primary bud of plant embryo AHD/W7
West Germanic  
Middle High German: vlius n fleece W7
Latin: pluma n.fem plume, down W7
Medieval Latin: deplumō, deplumāre vb to deplume W7
New Latin: plumula n.fem plumule W7
Middle French: deplumer vb to deplume W7
plume n.fem plume W7


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

Abbrev. Meaning
fem=feminine (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)
ASD=Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller: An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1898)
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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