shapeless matter, a fetus, a lump
Latin conglomerare is to roll together;
glomus is a ball. The Indo-European root gel- 1
means to form into a ball.
גלם GoLahM is to
wrap, fold together -IIKings2:8;
GaLaL is to roll (Isaiah34:4). A big
business CONGLOMERATE may be a well-ordered operation, but a CONGLOMERATION
in geology, for instance, means "clustered into a rounded mass." גלם GoLeM is shapeless
matter, a fetus or a lump (Psalms139:16) - hence a term
for clods or blockheads.
The Indo-European root isgel (to form into a ball). In
Hebrew there's: גלגל GahLGahL (wheel), GiLGOOL (rolling), גליל GaLeeYL (spool,
cylinder, and the rolling hills or the Galilee), גלל GaLaL (dung) and GahL (wave, pile). A גל GahL (Job38:28) is
a collection or drop of material. More guttural-liquid collections at CULL.
The alleged IE
root is an AGGLOMERATE,
with too many loosely-fit cognates like CLOD and CLEAT which are found at
CLOT. Words under the root gel that do deserve mention
are: CLUB (see below), CLUMP, CLEW, CLOWN, CLUE, GLOBE (see below), GLOBULE,
CLAM, CLAMBER, CLAMP, CLIMB, CLENCH, CLINCH, CLING, CLUTCH, CLAY, GLEET, GLEY,
GLUE and GLUTINOUS.
CLAP maye be related to KLahPH (a verb of driving in Arabic and a noun
associated with hammers in Psalms 74:6 ( Robert Govett 1869).
more likely a jumble of GLM, with the Gimel/G pronounced like the Yemenite
Jimel, than a "merging of jump with tumble, fumble,
Noon-to-L shift, Ayin-Noon-Bhet (defined by Harkavy as GLOBULAR, could render
GHaNaBH is a grape in Genesis 40:10.
Psalms 139:16 גלמי ראו עיניך ועל־ספרך כלם יכתבו ימים יצרו ולא אחד בהם׃
Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance, and in Thy book they were all written - even the days that were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.