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
|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|
|Latin:||herpes||n.masc||herpes (skin disease)||W7|
|serpō, serpere||vb||to creep, crawl, slither||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:
Key to information Source codes (always with 'LRC' as editor):
|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)|