Origin of English word BUCKAROO

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BUCKAROO is the Spanish vaquero (cowboy) as pronounced by Gringos (foreigners or Americans). The cowboy tends his VACCA (cow in the lingo of the American Southwest), from Latin vacca (cow). VACCINE and VACCINATION come from that Latin term, while Latin bacca (cow) is the given etymon for BACHELOR (but see BACHELOR) and BACCALAUREATE.  Back to cattle, Greek boukolos (herdsman) is the source of BUCOLIC.   (The liquid shift, L from R, is standard.)

In Israel, a cattleman or herdsman is a   בוקר BOAQaiR (Amos7:14). בקר BaQaR is a generic term for domestic (herds of) cattle, cows, oxen, etc. In Genesis26:14 the term is pronounced VAKKAR, while the harder B, as in bacca above, is more common (as in Genesis 18:7).

Why are large cattle a Bet-Koof-Resh word? בקר       BaQaR also means to cleave or split, as in Arabic baqara, andthese larger beasts do the ground breaking or plowing.  The double entendre in Ezekiel 34:11 infers that cattle are carefully (BQR) “examined.”  Every daybreak (BQR) a farmer examines or takes stock of his livestock to see if he has lost or will lose any to sickness, or will gain one with a pregnancy. 


ALBACORE may sound like tuna fish, but it comes from Arabic al (the) bukr (young cow).  The Spanish calf is becerro.   The Bet/B of BaQaR shifts to all the other bilabials (lip letters). The paco in ALPACA (llama) is the Peruvian Indian word for beast. Pecus (cattle) in Latin gives us PECULIAR, PECUNIARY and PECULATE. Also linked to Latin peculium (riches in cattle) via the Indo-European “root” peku are words like FEE, FELLOW, and FEUDAL. The meat of a buck or cow was called baq by Maya Indians. The Quechuan Indians named their domesticated, cud-chewing animal the VICUNA. Wuhais the native Australian cow.

BUCOLIC is given many cognates under the IE “root” gwou (ox, bull, cow). BUCOLIC is more likely from a generic cattle word, like BaQaR (S-L), that a specific species word. The root, like the word COW corralled within, is a reversal of the B(W) and K(C) of Bet-Koof-(Resh)/BQ(R).  Already in Persia, we see בק Bet-Qoof reversing to kov (cow) and the Farsi gav (cow).  Similarly, a Thai buffalo is kwy.    There are GV or GW cows too: Govedo in Bulgarian, gai in Hindi, gowand gau in Pamirian (Iran), and govet  (a herd of cows) in Talysh (Caspian). Pamirian

BUGLE, BUCEPHALUS, GAUR, GAYAL and GORAL, along with BEEF, BOVINE, BUFFALO, BUTTER and BOTHER, are all thought to come from a fabricated IE “root” gwou. More BQR  BaQaR livestock at CARIBOU.

All sharing Bet-Koof-Resh, the Edenic words for cattle, to examine and morning must share a theme of careful inspection. BoaQeR, morning, is reflected in Taino bajacu (dawn, the morning light) – the time a herdsman  breeder can inspect his herd’s gains and losses over the night. A family’s net worth was greatly affected by each beast’s getting ill or pregnant.

(V)aQaR is close enouph (M132)) to the VRK of AARDVARK to consider the Biblical cattle word as a source for the poor man’s beef: PORK.  The Latin porcus (pig) has a few other possible Edenic etymons – see FORK and GOPHER .

BUCCANEER is another meat word from BaQaR, The Portuguese brought this meat barbecue term

from the Tupi-Guarani natives of Barzil.  For the full story of how grilling meat got associated with pirates, see Dr. Allan Metcalf’s The World in So Many Words .  (via Glenn Weinstein )  

CALF shares a guttural-liquid with  עגל [A]yGeL  (calf – Exodus 32:4). But a middle-L is unreliable. CALF shares a guttural-liquid–bilabial with בקר        BaQaR, so it might be an M231 (S-L, S-B).    HEIFER.

For a widespread metathesis of Bet-Koof-Resh, see CARIBOU.

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