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: serp-   'to creep, crawl'

Semantic Field(s): to Creep, Crawl


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Middle English: serpent n serpent W7
English: herpes n viral diseases involving blisters on skin/mucous membranes AHD/W7
herpetology n study of reptiles/amphibians LRC
serpent n snake, noxious creature that creeps/stings/hisses AHD/W7
serpigo n ringworm, other spreading skin disease/eruption AHD
West Germanic  
German: Herpes n.masc herpes LRC
Latin: herpes n.masc herpes (skin disease) W7
serpēns, serpentis n.masc/fem serpent RPN
serpō, serpere vb to creep, crawl, slither RPN
Middle French: serpent n.masc serpent W7
Albanian: gjarpër n serpent RPN
Homeric Greek: ἑρπετόν n serpent, creeping/crawling/slithering thing LRC
ἕρπω vb to creep, crawl, slither RPN
Greek: herpēs n.masc herpes (skin disease) W7
Sanskrit: sárpati vb to creep, crawl, slither 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)
LRC=Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
RPN=Allan R. Bomhard: Reconstructing Proto-Nostratic (2002)
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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