Origin of English word ALCOVE

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English Word

ALCOVE

Edenic Word

QooBaH

Hebrew Word

קבה

Transliteration

Koof-Bet-Hey

Pronounciation

KOO’-BAH

Conversion

[KBH]

Roots

ALCOVE is from Arabic al-gobbah (the arch, vault, dome). The Hebrew כפה KeePaH means arch, doorway, sky and skullcap, but קבה QooBaH (compartment, hut, tent, brothel) connotes an ALCOVE (a secluded bower) as well. "He followed the Israelite into thechamber"

 -- Numbers25:8.        More guttural-bilabial covering at COVER.


Branches

A CUPOLA is a rounded roof or dome. A CHAPEL is a recessed, separate room in a church; a COPE is a canopy, a vault, or the sky.

HIVE is possibly related, after a guttural shift -- Koof/Q → H. Hebrew branches include   חופה K[H]OOPaH (canopy),   יקב YeQe[V] (wine celler) and   כף KaiF (cave, vault).

A COVE is also a sheltered nook. It is linked to German koben (poor room, pigsty), like QooBaH, above.  As a recess in cliffs, COVE resembles (Ne)Qe[V] (hole).   The French cabinet is a toilet, a small room or ALCOVE to take care of bodily business.   Many a presidential CABINET also demonstrates links, sadly, to toilets, brothels and sleeping compartments.

The Hopi Indian prayer alcove is the kiva.

See CAVITY, CUBBY and NOOK.


Related Words

CUBBY



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