[ MLL ]
Latin molere is to grind.the alleged IE
root is mela or mel (to crush, grind) and one of its
derivatives is MOLDER (crumble, rot); מלל MaLaL also means the breaking down, of a substance by
either an abrasive rubbing and scraping or by a melting (Job18:6)
and withering (Psalms37:2). מלח MaLa[K]H is to vanish, pass away (Jeremiah 38:11), a better
source for MELT than the reconstructed Indo-European root mel 1 (soft… softened) see MELT.
The built-in opposite of the above withering away is מלח MaLa[K]H to salt (preserve) Exodus 30:35.
is withered. The cognates of MILL include BLINI, BLINTZ, BLITE, IMMOLATE,
MALLET (see MALLET), MALLEABLE, MALLEUS, MALM (crumble), MAUL, MEALIE, MEAL,
MILIUM, MILLET, MOLAR, MOLD, MOLE-, MOULIN, MULL, MULLER, MYLONITE and
cognate, MAELSRROM, recalls the other MILLofMILLING around.
MaLaL is "shuffles (with his feet)" in theUniversity of Chicago translation of Proverbs6:13.
MEALIES (maize) and MILLET (grass with edible seeds) fit closer to MiLeeYLaH
(ripe corn or "ears" in Deuteronomy23:26). IE
root mel- is soft and mel- is a soft materialwool. MaYLa(S) is
a Mishnaic word for wool; there is no indication that the word was borrowed
from Greek mallos (wool). Reverse ML to LM, and shift to LN, to get
LANOLIN (from Latin lana, wool).
root mel- (soft) are several terms that warrant inclusion here. MaLaL
means to melt, and MELT (see above), SMELT and MULCH are logical derivatives.
MALT, MILT, MOIL, MOLLUSK, EMOLLIENT, ENAMEL, MILD and MALTHA are mel-
derivatives that are also relevant to the Hebrew words here.
Soft is molle
in Italian, and moale in Italian.The ML softness root may be
shifted and reversed in Chinese ruan, soft.
is to soften verbally, so the Mem-Lamed of MaLaL meets the Mem-Lamed of MaLaL
(speak, utter Syriac-Aramaic) and MiLaH (word Aramiac).
etymons for cognates SCHMALTZ and MUTTON are in order, as Old High German smalz
(animal fat) is not made soft or broken down in the characteristic way for
these ML words. Fat is soft, of course, but it is also greasy. SHeMeN means
fat, oil and grease - the N → L change is taken up in an appendix. As for
Old French moton, source of MUTTON, it may be a reversal of the TS-N or
TM in TSOaN (sheep; other small cattle).
closest Indo-European root to MaLaL (rub. wither) is mer- (to rub away, harm).
The sense connection is so good, we can forgive the minor L → R shift.
Listed cognates of MORTAR and MARASMUS (from a Greek word meaning "to
wither or waste away") include AMARANTH, NIGHTMARE, MORDANT, MORSEL,
REMORSE, MURDER, MORT(AL), MORIBUND, MURRAIN, and MANTICORE. The AHD considers
the painful SMART an extension of this same root.
Germanic languages use ML relatives of MEAL for their term for flour. The
Japanese don't tamper with the original flour, as komugiko is only an
additive away from קמח QeMaK[H] (flour). Swahili changes
KMK to unga (flour), while KMK becomes muka (flour) in Russian.
Latvian mal is to grind; in Sumerian to grind is just ma- 5 .
The MEAL or
repast is currently thought to come from a fabricated Indo-European root me- (to
measure). The true etymon might be a reversal of Le[K]HeM ("meal" in
ISamuel20:27). Similarly, MELEE might be a
reversal of Loa[K]HeM (war, battle): current etymological theory links MELEE
to "meddle" and "mix." Lamed-Het-Mem means food, primarily
bread or specifically meat in Arabic and the verb of waging war -- because
most wars are economic struggles. Samoan reverses our milling ML to LM with lamu
appears in zoology in the phylum for soft-shelled invertebrates, MOLLUSCA, of
Related WordsTALCUM POWDER