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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.

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Pokorny Etymon: 3. (s)ker-   'to bend, curve, turn'

Semantic Fields: to Bend; to Turn


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Middle Irish: cruind adj round W7/IED
Welsh: crwn adj round RPN
Old English: crisp adj crisp W7
  hrēac n.masc rick, heap IEW/ASD
  hrin(c)g n.masc ring, circle, circuit W7/ASD
  hrisian vb.wk to shake, tremble W7/ASD
  hrung n.fem rung IEW
  hrycg n ridge, back W7
  scrincan vb to shrink W7
Middle English: ara(y)ngen/arengen vb to arrange W7/CDC
  cerchen vb to search W7
  cercle n circle W7
  coroune n crown W7
  corounen vb to crown W7
  creste n crest W7
  crisp adj crisp W7
  crowne n crown W7
  frouncen vb to curl W7
  range n range W7
  rangen vb to range W7
  reek n rick W7
  rigge n ridge W7
  ring n ring W7
  ruke n pile of combustible material W7
  rung n rung W7
  shrinken vb to shrink W7
English: arrange vb to dispose, put in proper order AHD/W7
  circa prep approximately at/in/of AHD/W7
  circadian adj re: circa 1-day periodicity AHD
  circinate adj rounded, coiled AHD/W7
  circle n ring, halo AHD/W7
  circum- pfx around, about AHD/W7
  circus n arena enclosed by banks of seats AHD/W7
  cirque n circus AHD/W7
  corona n projecting part of classic cornice AHD/W7
  corvette n small, highly maneuverable warship W7
  crepe n light crinkled woven fabric AHD/W7
  crest n showy tuft/process on bird/animal head AHD/W7
  cricoid adj re: cartilage of larynx with which arytenoid cartilages articulate AHD/W7
  crisp adj wavy, curly AHD/W7
  crispate adj crisp, curled, ruffled AHD
  crissum, crissa n feathers/area under bird's tail AHD
  crista n crest, ridge AHD
  cristate adj re: crista AHD
  crown n mark of honor, reward of victory AHD/W7
  crown vb.trans to place crown/wreath upon head AHD/W7
  curb n chain/strap on bit used to restrain horse AHD/W7
  curvature n act of curving, state of being curved AHD
  curve adj.arch curved: bent, turned, twisted AHD/W7
  curve n bend, something curved W7
  curve vb to turn/change/deviate from straight without sharp break/angularity AHD/W7
  curvet n prancing leap of horse AHD/W7
  derange vb.trans to disarrange AHD/W7
  flounce n frounce AHD/W7
  frounce n fabric strip attached by one edge AHD/W7
  koruna n crown (Czech monetary unit) AHD/W7
  krona n crown (Swedish/Icelandic monetary unit) AHD/W7
  krone n crown (Danish/Austrian monetary unit) AHD/W7
  kurtosis n flatness/peakedness of graphic representation of frequency distribution AHD/W7
  ranch n land for raising horses/cattle/sheep AHD/W7
  range n row, series of things in line AHD/W7
  range vb to set in row/proper order AHD/W7
  rank n row, series AHD/W7
  recherche adj rare, choice, exotic, exquisite AHD/W7
  rick n stack (e.g. hay) in open air IEW/W7
  ridge n elevated body part (e.g. along backbone) AHD/W7
  ring n circular band for holding/connecting AHD/W7
  ringhals n spitting cobra AHD
  Ringwraith prop.n a.k.a. Nazgûl in Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings LRC
  rink n smooth extent of ice AHD/W7
  ruck n jumble, indistinguishable collection AHD/W7
  rucksack n knapsack: supply bag strapped on back AHD/W7
  rung n rail, spoke, cross-bar IEW/OED
  search vb to seek carefully/thoroughly AHD/W7
  shrink vb to cower, huddle, contract/curl up body AHD/W7
Scots English: rinc n area where contest is held W7
Middle Dutch: schrinken vb to draw back W7
Dutch: rug n ridge, back TLL
Old Saxon: hrisian vb to shake, tremble ASD
Old High German: hring n ring W7
  hrukki n ridge, back W7
  skank n frame; cupboard KDW
  skrank n deceit KDW
German: Kehre n.fem turning, winding, reversal LRC
  kehren vb to curve, sweep LRC
  Krone n.fem crown, coronet; Austrian monetary unit W7
  Kurve n curve TLL
  Ring n.masc ring ASD
  Rücken n.masc ridge, back LRC
  Schrank n cupboard TLL
Old Norse: hraukr n rick W7
  hríð n.fem while, time; storm, attack LRC
  hrúga n.fem heap LRC
  hrøkkva vb to fall back LRC
Icelandic: hringr n ring, circle ASD
  hrista vb to shake ASD
  krōna n crown (Icelandic monetary unit) W7/IEO
Danish: krone n crown (Danish monetary unit) W7
  ryg n ridge, back TLL
Swedish: krona n crown (Swedish monetary unit) W7/SEO
  kurva n curve TLL
  rygg n ridge, back TLL
Gothic: hrisian vb to shake, tremble ASD
Crimean Gothic: rinck, ringo n ring CGo
Latin: circa adv around W7
  circinatus vb.ptc surrounding W7
  circino, circināre vb to round W7
  circinus n.masc pair of compasses W7
  circulus n.masc circle W7
  circum adv/prep around LRC
  circus n.masc circle, circus, round building W7
  corona n.fem crown, wreath W7
  corono, coronare vb to crown W7
  crīsō, crīsāre vb to move haunches AHD/ELD
  crīspō, crīspāre vb to swing, brandish AHD/ELD
  crīspus adj crisp W7
  crista n.fem tuft, comb, crista W7/ELD
  crux, crucis n.fem cross W7
  curvo, curvare vb to curve W7
  curvus adj bent, arched, curved RPN
Late Latin: circo, circāre vb to go about W7
New Latin: cricoides n.masc cartilage in larynx W7
Old Spanish: ranchear vb to take up quarters W7
Spanish: cerca adv around TLL
  rancho n.masc camp, hut W7
Mexican Spanish: rancho n.masc small ranch W7
Old French: arangier/arengier vb to arrange W7/CDC
  cercle n.masc circle W7
  circum- pfx around W7
  corone n.fem crown W7
  coroner vb to crown W7
  desrengier vb to derange W7
  renc/reng n.masc rank, line, place, row W7
  renge n.fem range W7
  rengier vb to place, set in row W7
Middle French: arangier vb to arrange W7
  cerchier vb to go about, survey, search W7
  courbe n.fem curve, curved piece of wood/iron W7
  courber vb to curve W7
  courbette n.fem curtsy W7
  creste n.fem curved land W7
  ranger vb to place, set in row W7
  renc n.masc row, rank W7
French: arranger vb to arrange, put into rank CDC
  cirque n.masc circus W7
  crêpe n.fem crepe, pancake W7
  déranger vb to derange, bother W7
  recherché adj recherche W7
Italian: corvetta n.fem corvette W7/CID
Lithuanian: kraipaũ, kraipýti vb to turn about RPN
  kreĩvas adj curved, crooked; wry RPN
  krypstù, krỹpti vb to bow, bend RPN
Old Church Slavonic: krilo n.neut wing; pinnacle LRC
Russian: krivít’ vb to bend, distort RPN
  krivój adj curved, crooked RPN
Homeric Greek: κίρκος n.masc hawk/falcon that circles LRC
  κορώνη n.fem sea-crow, cormorant LS
  κορωνίς adj bent, curved LRC
  κρίκος n.masc ring, necklace, bracelet LRC
  κυρτός adj curved, rounded LRC
Greek: kirkos n.masc ring W7
  κορωνός adj curved, crooked RPN
  krikoeidēs adj ring-shaped W7
  kyrtos adj convex W7
  kyrtōsis n.fem convexity W7
Avestan: skarəna- adj round RPN


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

Abbrev. Meaning
fem=feminine (gender)
masc=masculine (gender)
neut=neuter (gender)
wk=weak (inflection)

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)
CDC=W.D. Whitney and B.E. Smith: The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1889-1911)
CGo=MacDonald Stearns, Jr: Crimean Gothic (1978)
CID=Cassell's Italian Dictionary (1958)
ELD=Charlton T. Lewis: An Elementary Latin Dictionary (1999)
IED=Patrick S. Dinneen: An Irish-English Dictionary (1927)
IEO=Arngrimur Sigurdsson: Íslenzk-Ensk Orðabók (1970)
IEW=Julius Pokorny: Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (1959)
KDW=Gerhard Köbler: Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch, 4th ed. (1993)
LRC=Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
LS=Liddell and Scott: Greek-English Lexicon, 7th-9th ed's (1882-1940), rev.
OED=James A.H. Murray et al: The Oxford English Dictionary (1933)
RPN=Allan R. Bomhard: Reconstructing Proto-Nostratic (2002)
SEO=Norstedts Stora Svensk-Engelska Ordbok, 3rd ed. (2000)
TLL=Frederick Bodmer: The Loom of Language (1944)
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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