Origin of English word BORE

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word









pit or grave


One can BORE a hole or hollow out a BORE - from Old Norse bora (hole).

  בור BOAR is a hole in Edenic too, as well as a pit or grave.  "And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a pit and not cover it. . ." -- Exodus 21:33 The other   ב-ר Bet-Resh word  for a deeply dugwater hole or WELL (shift bilabial and liquid) is the באר    B’AiR (well of water --- Genesis 24:11).     בור BHOOR is the verb of digging with research (Ecclesiastes 9:1). A field that is not dug or cultivated is   בור BOOR (fallow ).  For an uncultivated, hollow human BOOR, see BOOR.

Shift bilabials, B-to-P, for the PR ditch, and “open” words, like PRY at PORE.

ב-ר Bet-Resh is reversed to a synonym, as ארבה   ARooBaH is an opening, a chimney, window or floodgate (Genesis 7:11).


Joseph is firstthrown into a BOAR (empty cisternGenesis 37:22), and later in an underground prison cell or BOAR (Genesis 41:14). The sailor’s prison, BRIG, has no known origin. קבר QeBHeR is a hole made to BURY a coprpse, or a GRAVE (sim­ply swap the V and R of GRAVE – see “GRAVE”).  More fully, a QeBHeR was often a cave tomb or a hollowed out burial niche  – see  CAVITY and Genesis23:9. Beorg is cave and byrgeles is tomb in Old English. Nature provides many animals with a BURIN or BORER (from Old High German boro) with which to BURY themselves in a BURROW.

A bilabial shift uncovers the FURROW, a Furch in German.  The W of BURROW  and  FURROW may be from the Vav/vowel, V or W of  בור   BoWR.

באר B'AiR and  BaYeeR means that essential hole called a "well;”  Bet-Resh is the same bilabial (lip letter) and liquid (l,r) found in WELL. For the related meaning and music of openings, see PORE.

  חפר [K]HoaPHaiR is to dig  (see GOPHER); פער   Pa’[A]hR is to open wide or to PRY (Isaiah5:14 ) and פיר PeeYR is a ditch ( see PORE). Therefore, APERTURE, buraco (hole in Portugese), FORAMEN, FURROW and PORE are all a bilable shift away. Official cognates of BORE, listed at Indo-European “root” bher (to cut, pierce, bore), include BARROW, BIFORATE, FORAMEN, PERORATE and PHARYNX.  Bur is a hole in both Samarian and Latvian.

Bet-Resh BORING a hole (an activity leading to vacuous BOREDOM) gave rise to BeeRZAh (bung hole) in Jewish Aramaic. BiRaZ means “he bored or perforated.”  BeReZ came to mean a tap, faucet or bung hole in Post-Biblical Hebrew. The Modern Greek tap is vrissi.

Bible Verses

Exodus 21:33 וכי־יפתח אישׁ בור או כי־יכרה אישׁ בר ולא יכסנו ונפל־שׁמה שׁור או חמור׃

“And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a pit and not cover it, and an ox or an ass fall therein,”



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