Origin of English word BURN

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English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word









To combust in fire


IE base bhreu (to boil forth, well out) is cited as the source of BURN.  The AHD’s theoretical Indo-European “root” is bhreu- 2 (to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn… forms of cooking and brewing).

    בער Bo[A]iR (burn) is in .Exodus 3:2 -- " . . .behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

The Bet-Resh of the Edenic root (Ayin is a “weak” letter) recalls many built-in relaed words in Edenic, alowing forms of B-R to generate much heat in English and world vocabulary.

There is a Bet-Resh noun form of fire – see FIRE.  The other verb for burning has a liquid-bilabial: see SaRaPH at SAFFRON.  Burning purifies; see BahR (pure) at PURE. בהיר BaHeeYR isbright (see BERYL) , BaRaQ is lightening – see “BRIGHT; Biblical anger often burns, see another Bet-Resh term at FURY.

K’PHOAR (frost) is a burning antonym –see FROST.


Another Indo-European “root” for BURN is g(w)her (to heat, warm). This might resemble בער [V][A]eR and/or   חרה K[H]aRaH (to burn). This Indo-European “root” takes in words like BRAND, BRANDY, BRANDISH, BRIMSTONE, BRINDLED, FORCEPS, FORNI­CATE, FURNACE, HYPOTHERMIA (-) THERM(Y), and THER­MOMETER. The first element of BAR(BECUE) may belong here too.

The AHD uses bhreu as the Indo-European “root” of BURN (a spring, stream or BOURN). This root springs forth from באר B'AiR (a well of spring water - Genesis26:19). The list of cognates that bubble forth from the Indo-European “root” bhreu (to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn) includes: BRAISE (if the S is historic, see SaRePH at “SAFRON”), BRATWURST, BRAWN, BRAZE, BRAZIER, BARM(Y), BREAD, BREEZE, BREW, BREWIS, BROTH, FER­MENT, FERVENT, FERVID, FERVOR, EFFERVESCE, IMBRUE, PHREATIC and SAUERBRATEN.  WELL could spring from a BR source, with accept­able BH→W and R →L changes.  A WELL has moving water, but rarely hot water. A better Edenic etymon for WELL, Inuit ubl(k), water coming to the surface, and Basque ubil, whirlpool is ( YOO)BHaOL (stream of water – Jeremiah 17:8).  To bring forth or BEAR is the meaning of the verbal form of this word, as in Zephaniahh 3:10.

 See WELL.     BOIL is available from this Bet-Resh, but there are other Semitic bilabial-liquids that specifically mean boiling. Other burning B-R terms shifted to B-L include BOUILLON and EBULLIENT.

French bruler , to burn, places BROIL on the Bet-Resh range.

 Back to BURN’s more logical BR burning source: bero is hot or warm in Basque; wela is hot in Hawaiian; waru is fire in Australian aborigine. WARM is not far away; the Indo-European “root” wer (to burn) is only linked to SAMOVAR.   WARM has no known older source than Middle English. Warm is spelled ith a W in  German and Dutch, but with a V (closer to Bet-Bhet) in Scandanavian and in Yiddish. A nasal was added to Edenic Bo[A]iR in both BURN and WARM; one an N, the other an M. Other hot BR words in Basque (the “language with no affinities”) include berogailu (heater) and berotu (to heat).

    See FIRE for more Bet-Resh burning.  For other warm words see CALM,CAUTERIZE and IRE.

Bilaial-liquid words abound i מ words meaning “to burn:”  BRs include Danish braende, Dutch branden,French bruler, German brennen, Italian bruciare, Norwegian brenne, Swedish branna, Yiddish brenen. Indonesian Bet-Resh includes a guttural Ayin: baker.  Bilabial and liquids shifts from PL include Finnish palaa and Polish palic. Common BR foods in Germanic that require Bet-Resh heat include BEER and BREAD  (see BREAD) .

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