[ Y-GR →J(+N)GL]
JUNGLE Is from Hindi jangal (desert,
forest, jungle), which came from Sanskrit jangala (wasteland, desert).
יער Y[A]'aR or JaGHaR means wilderness or "forest" (Deuteronomy19:5). As most J words in IE, the Hebrew original was a י
Yod / Y. Before a guttural, like the ע Ayin
/ GH, a nasalization (extra N) is common. Thus J+N+G. Lastly, the R to
L liquid shift is a universal principle in linguistics. Another word for a
thickly wooded area beginning with a guttural and Resh is חורש K[H]oaReSH (thicket, grove
If the second
element in juaguarondi or yaguarundi means anything like
"cat," then the JGR or YGR element of this Tupi word should mean
"jungle." The Tupi Indians live in the jungles of Brazil; the
Portuguese conveyed to us this native term for the JAGUAR (wildcat of the
jungle). יער YaGHaR as
woods may be behind Basque equrra (wood) and kara (forest) of the
Wyandot Iroquois (Amerind).