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By Isaac Mozeson

Animal Names, Part 2 of 3


The HERON, EGRET and CRANE are the same long-throated bird. They begin with a guttural (throat) letter, then a liquid (R) and often an N. גרון GaROAN means throat in Edenic..
Here's Part 2 of Animal Names in English. Tomorrow are Hebrew names (infinately more insightful).

What about foreign names? Sure. Just give me some. The Spanish beavor, por ejample, is CASTOR. קצור QaTSOAR means harvester, one who chops down plants.
Part II

The (whooping) CRANE is the same essential bird as the HERON and EGRET. All three have the same CRANING neck as the flamingo. גרון GaROAN is neck in Edenic (Ezekiel 16:11). How can the ג-ר-ן Gimel-Resh-Noon/GRN word cover all three birds of a feather? The Edenic guttural ג Gimel can soften to a guttural H or harden to a guttural hard C or K.

You might likewise expect DOG to be our “D” animal, but it’s too complex for right here. Genesis predates the domestication of the tame dog, so that the large amount of Edenic work on canines involves the כלב KeLeBH (dog – Exodus 11:7) as the source of global “wolf” words -- like Spanish LOBO (wolf). Whoever came up with the English DOG should still theoretically have been thinking in the original proto-Semitic language program. The same dental-guttural sound and sense behind DOG, is behind DIG and TICKLE ( דגדג DiGDaiG in Edenic) – and the dog’s digging and scratching motion is similar.

Compared to the real tunnel-maker, the GOPHER, the dog merely scratches the surface. Edenicחופר K[H]OAPHeR (Genesis 21:30) means “digger.”

A simpler “D” animal is the DOE, a dear, a female deer. You may not know it, but DOE also meant an antelope (and did not single out a female). An antelope in the language of Eden (Deuteronomy 14:5) is Tahf-Aleph-Vav or תאו T’OW. The sense is right, but does the sound of תאו T’OW match DOE? Of course, D and T are interchangeable dentals. Go back several paragraphs if you’ve forgotten. Antelopes are more common in the Middle East, while deer are plentiful in European and North American forests. It makes sense that prehistoric clans formed from new dialects (later to become full-blown nations and languages) would name their deer after the familiar antelope that roamed their ancient Middle Eastern home. Still thinking in Edenic, and perhaps still using a name coined by an early ancestor, like a theoretical Adam, they’d call the deer something like T’OW. Just as he-goats were associated with lustfulness, the antelope or wild sheep reflects the Tahf-Vav word (in Genesis 3:6) meaning lust and desire. Of course, these animals are not over-sexed. But the ordinarily shy antelopes become visibly aggressive in rutting season.

We discovered that the ASS, from the Latin, was actually from a Middle Eastern name for the she-donkey. But the source would be a lot more intriguing if the animal were not a staple of the Middle East. From the smelly American Indian SKUNK to the toothy PIRANHA fish of the Brazilian jungle, one will find profoundly appropriate meanings for these animal names in the language of Eden. In these two cases, Edenic צחן TSaK[H]aN, stink -- Joel 2:20 and שנה SHaiNaH (tooth – Exodus 21:24) ranged remarkably far from the Middle East.

Another support for the contemporary thinking of a single global community of Man rides on the back of a beast beginning with the letter E. The nearest ELEPHANTS to the Middle East are quite far away in Africa and Asia. No wooly mammoth or modern elephant bones have been found to suggest that some Edenic-speaking “Adam” might have named one. Deserts were crossed with the CAMEL (an obvious borrowing from גמל GaMaL), not this magnificent beast from the savanna or jungle.

Like the tale of blind men describing an ELEPHANT, this mammoth but

highly trainable giant has a many-sided etymology – but they all fit Aleph-Lamed-Phey. Forms of Aleph-Lamed-Phey, אלףALePH, mean more than just the primary or Alpha Hebrew letter. Aleph-Lamed-Phey also means 1) an ox (Jeremiah 11:19) or any large cattle, 2) training (Proverbs 22:25) and taming animals, and 3) champion or chief (Genesis 36:43), which is ‘lp in the extinct Semitic language of Ugaritic. All of these meanings combine in the most powerful, well-trained, ox-like large beast, that best suggests the ELEPHANT (elephas in Greek).

The Aleph-Lamed-Phey domestication/training term of animals does apply to humans too. People learn Modern Hebrew at an אלפן ULPaN (training school). Moreover, the French elephant is spelled just like the English, and after elephant in many French dictionaries comes eleve, student, and other training or rearing terms from Aleph-Lamed-Peh.

Fishing for the source of FISH was sort of promised to readers pages ago. So what is so fishy about the name “fish?” One can trace FISH all the way back to Latin piscis. But the word only means “fish.” Still, it does help us to consider a

P-C source, instead of just the F-SH of English. In fact, English has a relevant P-C word: the noun and verb PACE (a step or to walk). Many common food FISH look much like a footprint. Flatfish are named “sole” because they look like the sole of the foot or a footprint. Is there an ancient Edenic footstep-like word that we could net from the depths of time that might have given us words like PACE, PISCES, PORPOISE and FISH?

As usual, there is a school of similar-sounding Edenic and Semitic words that fit our purposes. פסת Pee$ah(S) [ReGel] is the fish-shaped sole of the foot in Hebrew; the same foot’s sole is פשא PaSAh in Aramaic, and פסתא Pa$i(S)Ah in Syriac. Also fishy is פחוס PaK[H]OO$ (flat, level), or פסח Pa$ahK[H] (to leap over).

Pey-Sin-Ayin, פשא PaS[A]h or פשע PaSGHah (to step, pace – Isaiah 27:4) is a fine

etymon for PISCES as well as PACE.

FISH had nothing to do with דג DahG, the Edenic fish. Yet, the reconstructed Proto-

Indo-European root for fish is the very DahG-like dghu. When the American Heritage

Dictionary treats an animal name, it, of course, doesn’t attempt to explain WHY any

word means what it does. Perhaps we can regain lost meanings when we allow ourselves

to get back to the garden of Edenics.

FISH is a good example of an animal name derived more from the imagination than from careful observation. This is why such names are from someone thinking in Edenic, but not from an actual Edenic animal name. In Edenic, for some examples, the spider is the “imprisoner,” the lion is “the roarer, and the bird is the “floating, covered chirper.” We go back to English animal names with profound meaning straight from Edenic with our “G” creature: the GOAT.

The GOAT and its young KID should come from the same source. Can you hear how G and K are both throat-made gutturals, while T and D are both tooth-made dentals? You can now figure out why an Estonian goat is a kitse. Just eliminate vowels, and GT and KD are so much closer. Linguists do not eliminate vowels because they consider an all-consonant spelling a peculiarity of the Semitic languages. They prize the precision of recording vowels, but keep in mind that vowels are pronounced differently even in different neighborhoods of large cities. Historical linguistics still retain ideas from its beginnings in the 19th Century, but recent discoveries must be factored in – like the fact that livestock raising began in the Middle East. It is unlikely that an animal name like GOAT came from Icelandic or the “Indo-European roots” that we reconstruct.

GOAT IS a name that echoes an Edenic term that an Adam might have used. GOAT derives from a Gimel-Dalet word which could give us both the G-T goat and the K-D KID. (Review gutturals and dentals, if necessary.) Edenic גדי GiDeeY (Genesis 38:17) is a young goat, and the גדיא GaDYAh is the Aramaic scapegoat of the Passover song. גדוד GiDooD is a troop, as the גדי GIDeeY is the proverbial flock animal. אגדEGeD, the large Israeli bus company, means a union or a GaTHering of individuals. The goatherd gathers his flock together in a גדר GeDeR (corral – ultimate source of words like GATE, GHETTO (from Italian) or kado (the Japanese gate).

Edenic doesn’t merely give us an animal name. We get a whole lexical family with similar music and meaning so we can know WHY GOAT means goat.

Now a HORSE is a horse of course, and of course there is no known meaning for this term. It doesn't relate to the German horse (Pferd, a knock-off of the Edenic פרד PHeReD or mule) or to the Latin equs (an audible echo of Edenic עקב [A]QaiBH -- heel or HooF . The equine mystery unraveled when it was noticed how similar HORSE is to HEARSE. A HEARSE is a horse-drawn funeral wagon named for an elaborate plow. To plow is Het-Resh-Shin, חרש [K]H-R-SH.

Samson is the Anglicization ofשמשון SHiMSHOAN, so SH to S is not even a shift. The sound and sense points to HORSE coming from חרש [K]HoaReSH, the plower. Unlike their Continental forbears, the British plowed with horses instead of oxen. This explains why the English HORSE has no related words or cognates; no Indo-European root was able to be invented for it.

The Americans continued the awkward British tradition of plowing with a horse, which needs blinders and constant attention. The naturally talented plowing animal is clearly the שור SHOAR (bull or ox – Deuteronomy 33:17), which innately knows how to plow a שורה SHOORaH ישר YaSHahR (straight row, or a SHEER SERIES).

Then how come English doesn’t have a bull or ox name that sounds like שור SHOAR? This is not in the standard letter-shifts above, but Aramaic (Semitic, ancient, but post-Edenic) consistently turns the Edenic ש Shin/ SH to a T. Aramaic תור TOAR (ox, bull) seems to have given Latin taurus (bull), which later became Spanish toro.

The PELICAN, fromפלח PaLaK[H] (to plough), only appearsto be “ploughing” the surface of the water as it skims the surface for fish.

Once again, English animal names are rarely visible in a Hebrew-English dictionary. To find the biblical סוס $OO$ (horse) one has to check the rear-end of the Greek flying horse, PEGASUS.

Let’s end with a riddle. How are small creepy crawlers like a large lion or a fox?

These two predators do not normally creep or crawl, זוחל

ZoK[H]eL in Edenic (source of SLUG) . But when sneaking up on prey, the שועל SHOOGHaL (fox) and שכל SHaKHaL (poetic name for the lion) both get low and crawl. Listen to the similar whistling fricative, throaty guttural and tongue-made liquid sound in all three names?

Either the designer of animals is behind these names, or some very smart cavemen.

There are many hundreds more animal names to hunt for. Many of them are camouflaged in more complex ways than are covered in this brief introduction. The surprise for scientists who have no use for the bible is that this search became a scriptural safari. Correspondingly, a good religious person should try to see science as an ally. Both a good scientist and the better bible believer should not discard the valuable things within the other discipline.

Without the recent discovery that snakes hunt with unique, neurological heat sensors, we would not know why the Edenic word for snake, נחשNaK[H]aSH, means GUESS and HUNCH (both derivable from Noon-Het-Shin and the Het-Shin core root). We would have unscientific theories why נחש NiK[H]ooSH means necromancy, and why snake-charmers of the Indian sub-continent to the snake-handlers of the New Testament (Mark 16:18) are associated with altered human states of mind.

Our search for meaning in animal names is a search that requires both a healthy respect for science and religion.

This missive fired from Sderot (moving next Tues.)

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