Origin of English word BONE

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ROOTS:  No Indo-European “root” was dug up for BONES, nothing older than Anglo Saxon ban.

בנה  BaNaH is to build (Genesis 4:17) . אבן EBHeN is a rock or building stone (Genesis 29:10). אבן EBHeN is the stone to be fit  בין  BaYN (between -- Genesis 1:6) -- others, like a brick –   לבנה LiBHaiNaH  (Genesis 11:3) in a building – בנין BiNYaN.  BONES are the building blocks of the larger animals. A family is to be בנה   BaNaH (built up with children) in Genesis 16:2. As history lays the stone or brick walls of our families and generations, we must maintain the integrity of each בן BeN (child, son – Genesis 5:5).


BRANCHES:    In Luyia/Hamitic abana are children.

English coined an appropriate Edenic root for building,  but other languages did recall the Edenic bone word –see OSTEOMA.  In Chinese bian is completing a material, or fabricating something; ban means in the middle or halfway .  Bricks or stones, Bet-Noon words are laid  בין  BaYN (between) each other, but many grammarians did not have the בינה BeeYNah (the intelligence involving relationships – see the next entry – to connect the Bet-Noon dots. 

Back to the body’s interconnecting skeleton, BONE  in  Yiddish is bayn, immediately from German  Bein.    Shifting nasals, N to M,  we can switch to a wooden construction BEAM and other BM builders – see BEMA. Spanish albanil is a bricklayer , from לבנה LiBHaiNaH (brick).  Besides a Bet-Noon building word, לבנה LiBHaiNaH (brick) is also a Lamed-Bhet-Noon “white” word (see ALBINO) because bricks are whitened or baked in the sun.     In forest lands, trees and logs were the interlocking building components.  Bet-Noon endures, but with a nasal shift. Old English beam is a tree or beam.  The German tree, Baum, and Yiddish boim, appear in many surnames.

There  is no Indo-European “root” for URBAN, no source or cognates for Latin urbanus.  The BN element may mean “built up,” from our Bet-Noon sub-root.  The “ur” element may come from עיר [E]eYR (city -- Genesis 4:17). A village in Modern Greek is horio; the Ayin to H shift is at SEROW.

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