Origin of English word BEAR (carry)

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English Word

BEAR (carry)

Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[vowel-BH- R→ BR]


The Indo-European “root” of BEAR (to carry) is per (to lead, pass over).  The post-Edenic etymons and the many cognates of BEAR are taken up at FERRY. עבר Ayin-Bhet-Resh is to “pass over,” but   ה עביר  He[E]BHeeYR as defined in Ben-Yehudah is “to cause to pass over; to bring over; to remove.”   In II Samuel 19:41 the sense of bringing or carfying is clear. Among the entries taking up the prolific Bhet-Resh root of crossings of time or space are FOR and OVER.


BR cognates include: BEARABLE, BEARING, BORE, and BORN.  A corpse is BORNE or carried in a BIER. Forms of “to carry”, which BEAR a resemblance to PORTER  include French porter, Italian portare and Rumanian purta. Closer to Bhet-Resh is Danish baere (to carry).

For the reproductive BEARING of childen, there are other Ayin-Bhet-Resh words. [A]BHaR and Aramaic עבר    [A]BaiR is to cause to be pregnant. Post-Biblical-Hebrew  עבר [O]oBahR is a fetus or the nasalized (extra M) EMBRYO.  None of the EMBRYONIC words have an Indo-European root. The Greek embryon (fetus) did not emerge whole from a Greek god.  Webster’s  pins the Greek etymology of EMBRYO on bryein, to be full or swelled.  This is from  בריא BaReeYE, full, fat, well nourished (Genesis 41:2).

  עבר    [A]hBHaR is to yield fruit  or to fructify (Job 21:10). Shift bilabials for a fertle look at the Pay-Resh words at BERRY and FRUIT.

For the BEAR or bruin, see BERYL.

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