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Insects and other little beasts

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  • João Simões Lopes Filho
    What are the PIE words for insects and another arthropods? *morwex- ant Grk myrme:x,Myrmidon Lat formica [*mormica
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2001
      What are the PIE words for insects and another arthropods?
       
      *morwex- "ant"  Grk myrme:x,Myrmidon Lat formica [*mormica<morvica] Sansk vamra , valmika Av maoirish VSl mravi- ON myrr VIrl muirb Arm mrjiwn

      *karkros [crab] Lat cancer<cancros<carcros Grk karkinos,karkabos San karkata<karkrta

      *plus- [flea] Lat pu:lex[puslex<plusex] Grk psylla [psulla<plusla] CGer flauhaz OSl bluxa [*blusa instead of *plusa] Armenian lu Sansk plushi Av brus^a Alb pl'esht Lit blus^a

      *webh- [beetle?] Grk e:piolos [glowworm] Lat vappo: [winged animal]  CGer webilaz [beetle, weevil], webjan [beetle,glowworm] Lit vabalas [beetle]

      *bhik/bhoik- [bee] CGer bion Lat fu:cus [drone] VIrl bech OSl bic^ela Lit bitis OPrussian bitte Grk sphe:x < s-bheyak-s? [wasp]

      wobhs-a [wasp] Lat vespa CGer wafs,wafis VBret guohi OSl osa Lit vapsa OPrussian wobse Corn guhien Avestic vanzaka, vawzaka

      k^r@sro-/no- [drone, hornet] Lat crabro: CGer hornut-<*hornnut<*horzn-ut OSl sruseni Gal creyryn Lit širšuo [<k^r@s-on]

      *mu- [fly] Lat musca Grk myia,mys CGer mugjon Arm mun Lit muse OSl muxa Alb mîze

      *wrmi-[worm, insect] Lat vermis CGer wurmiz Lit varmas Grk rhomox

      *kwrmi- (<*kwrwi-?) [worm, woodworm] Gal pryf=VIrl cruim Persian kirm Lit kirmis San krmih Rus tcherv-

      *matx- [moth] CGer maþ-[moth] Rus mot,mol' San ma tkuna [bug] Alb molë

      *pepel-[butterfly] Lat papilio OE fifealde     curious note: cf. Aztek papalotl

      *lu:s- [bug] CGer lu:s- Gal llewen,pl.llau

      *slei- [slug] Grk leimax Russian slimak=Czech slimak Lat limax VP slayx=Lit sliekas[intestinal worm] Lat lumbricus < ? * sloimobrikos     OE sla: ON *slá [slow-worm]

      *longwhr-[intestinal worm?] Lat lumbricus[minhoca] Gal llyngyr[vermes intestinais]

      *deigh- [tick] Armenian ti:z [bug] Ir dega [stag-beetle] CGer ti:k-,tikkan

      *pezdh-[louse] Lat pe:dis  Grk phtheiros <*pzdherios Avestan pazdu-[small insect]

      *wek´- OSl *vüsi=Rus voch=Cz vesh=Pol wesz[louse] CGer wigjan[beetle, insect]

      *arHk(s)n- "spider" Lat ara:nea Grk arakhnê,rhax  Osl raku "crab" < *arku? (or arku < Harku ~karku ?)

      *k-a:pxi- [drone] OSl c^api Lat a:pes Grk ke:phe:n

      *dhra:n-  Grk anthre:ne: [wild bee]  English drone

      *kmero-/no- [hard-shelled animal] Lat camurrus CGer humaraz [crayfish] Grk kammaros [lobster] San kamathah [turtle]

      *t(w)î- [mosquito?, tiny insect?] Lat ti:nea [moth] Grk silphe:,tilphe: [cockroach], se:t- [mosquito] OSl tilja

      *ku:l-ik [long-legged mosquito?] Lat cu:lex VIrl cuil

      *kil- [loud-noised insect, cricket, cicada] Grk killos [cicada] San cilli [cricket]

      *le:k-  Lat locusta [locust, lobster] lacerta [lizard]

      *s-ker-xi Lit skerys "lobster" Grk karis "shrimp"

       

      I'm ready to discuss it. Please send me your comments and corrections...

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