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By Isaac Mozeson



Ahoy, another new entry in the 1000-page+
E-Word digital dictionary:

SHIP   TSooPH   Tsadi-Vav-Pey
TSOOF_____צוף_____[TS-P --> SHP]
ROOTS: For a word so culturally significant, the Amer. Heritage Dict. (AHD) presents us with the leaky Indo-European (IE) 'root' for SHIP:  skipam (ship. 'Germanic noun of obscure origin.').

The traditional Biblical word for an ocean-going vehicle is also S, P and a nasal,  ספינה $PHeeYNaH (ship, boat -- Jonah 1:15).  But this is from a root of covering, while the
 צ-ף  Tsadi-Pey root is about swimming and the surface (see TOP).
צף TSahPH is to float.
צוף TSOOPH is to float or swim (II Kings 6:6).
הציף HayTSeeYPH means 'he caused to swim.'

BRANCHES:   SKIFF and SKIPPER as cognates, along with 'ship' words like Icelandic and Norwegian skip would indicate a guttural which is not readily available in the Edenic.  The softer Dutch schip and German Schiff might derive from  a  throaty guttural no harder than a  ה Hey. 

NAVAL words, and the NAVE of a church are from a different source.  Vene, a Finnish boat, reverses the
 N-V of NAVE, NAVY and Latin navis (ship).   The (lip-made) bilabial is different, but the same reversal  is seen with the Japanese ship:  船 fune.
Perhaps these words are using the (nose-made) nasal and  (lip-made) bilabial of ספינה $PHeeYNaH. 

Chinese has two boat words that might also be using the fricative in  ספינה $PHeeYNaH. 

1.    SAMPAN, a flat-bottomed Oriental boat, is from (a possibly nasalized) Chinese san-pan, which is thought to come from Spanish champan (canoe) - probably of South American Indian origin (Webster's).

2.  船舶 Chuánbó means a ship; the Xinhua dictionary limits this to chuán (but fricative-bilabial-nasal is still available, since a U often replaces a bilabial).

More boats at CALIBER and TUB. (as in Noah's  תבה TayBHaH,   trusty TUB.)

 from the CALIBER entry:
See  guttural-l(tongue-made) iquid-bilabial shells at: CAROB, CARP, CRAB, SCALP, SHIELD  and SCALLOP.     
   קלף  QaLahPH  (skin, scalp. parchment)  is reversed to a bilabial-liquid-guttural at PEEL.  After a shift of bilabial and liquid it reverses to BARK,
the outer skin of a tree.  Canoes were hollowed-out logs, as in Spanish barko (boat).  We still EMBARK on vehicles.  Old Provençal embarcar, is from em- + barca, boat or BARQUE.  Closer to קלף  QaLahPH, only an M132 metathesis away, are the boats of Indonesian (kapal) and Tamil (kappal).
You are now free to disembark this entry. Thank you for flying Edenic.

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