Below we display: a Proto-Indo-European (PIE) etymon adapted from Pokorny, with our
own English gloss; our Semantic Field
Reflexes are annotated with: Part-of-Speech and/or other Grammatical
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Pokorny Etymon: (s)keng- 'to hobble; lame, slanted'
Semantic Field: to Creep, Crawl
|English:||Longshanks||prop.n||epithet for Strider in Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings||LRC|
|shank||n||shin, leg from knee to ankle||AHD/W7|
|Homeric Greek:||σκάζω||vb||to limp||LRC|
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)|
|ASD||=||Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller: An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1898)|
|LRC||=||Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas, Austin|
|W7||=||Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)|