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: srebh-, sr̥bh-, and serbh-   'to sip, slurp, swallow'

Semantic Field(s): to Drink


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Middle English: absorb vb to absorb, swallow up AHD
English: absorb vb.trans to assimilate, incorporate AHD/W7
absorption n absorbing, being absorbed AHD
adsorb vb to hold/take up via surface adhesion AHD/W7
resorb vb to swallow/suck in again AHD/W7
slurp vb to eat/drink noisily/with sucking sound AHD/W7
West Germanic  
Dutch: slurpen vb to slurp W7
Middle Low German: slorpen vb to slurp W7
German: absorbieren vb to absorb LRC
schlürfen vb to slurp, sip, swig LRC
Latin: absorbeo, absorbēre vb to swallow down W7
resorbeo, resorbēre vb to swallow back W7
sorbeo, sorbēre vb to absorb, suck up W7
Middle French: absorber vb to absorb W7
Greek: ῥοφέω vb to suck up, gulp down LRC


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

Abbrev. Meaning

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
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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