Origin of English word CAUTERIZE

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[KD (KH) → KT]


To CAUTERIZE, to burn with a hot iron or needle, is traced to Greek kauter (burning or branding iron) and further to Greek kaiein (to burn). The given Indo-European “root” is also melted down to kai (kai), although the extended form re­sponsible for HEAT and HOT is kaid.

Hot HEBREW K-DT terms include קדח   QaDa[K]H (to kindle),     יקד YaQahD (to burn),   קדחת QaDa[K]HaT (in­flammation, fever), קטורה QiDToRaH (slow-burning in­cense – Deuteronomy 33:10) and מוקד    MOAQaiD (conflagration, hearth, bon­fire). Jeremiah17:4 includes "flame" --             קדחתם QeeDaK[H]TeM and "burn" --  תוקד   TOOQahD. The core-root is Koof-Dalet/Q-D.


Words like CAUSTIC, CAUTERY and HOLOCAUST are placed with the Indo-European “root” keu (to burn). For the first element in HOLOCAUST, see WHOLE. The Dalet has shifted dentals to ST, the role of Tadi. In the Mayan below, the Dalet provides the TS. In Hungarian eg-et, to burn, reversing the syllables to ge-te gets one closer to QaDa[K]H.

 The IE “root” hand (to shine) is related. Hand is merely a nasalized (extra N) KD or KT heat word.  KT or K-ST terms are closer to QaDa[K]H, but the well-established Koof-to-H shift is seen in The Origin of Speeches.

KINDLE and KINDLING should be nasalized (extra N) guttural-dental or K-D/T burning terms that belong here, even though they have no Indo-European “root”, and the oldest known source is Old Norse kynda, to set on fire.  If KDL is the real root, a metathesis of DoLaQ (to kindle – see ADOLESCENT) may have happened ( Philip Silverman ).

Add KINDLE to the following words, from Indo-European ka(n)d, which di­rectly come from Latin ca(n)dere (to shine): CANDENT, CANDID, CANDLE, CANDOR, INCANDESCENT, INCENDIARY and IN­CENSE.  Nasalizing Koof-Dalet-Het is widespread, as seen in the Finnsih candle, kynttila.  The AHD includes the incense SANDAL(WOOD), from Sanskrit candanah but consider QiDTOARaH (incense— Deuteronomy33:10).

The fragrant wood burned in ancient Greek sacrifices was the kedros (cedar).A dental shift allows us to whiff the CEDAR    , CEDAR APPLE, CEDAR BIRD, CEDRON and CEDRUS trees as well as many CITRUS words like CITRIC and the fragrant CITRON (etrog). The only lasting form of this Koof-Tet-Resh root for burning insense involves the burning of CITRONELLA to ward off insects.

ODOR smells like it belongs here, as might AESTIVAL, AN­NEAL, EDIFICE, EDIFY, ESTUARY, and ETHER - all from the Indo-European “root” aidh (to burn). For ODOR there’s also [A]TaR (odor – Ezekiel 8:11). Also relevant is AyD ( vapor, mist) of Geneesis 2:6 ( Helen Pomata).    Latin smell is odor.

(S)CALD is from this Koof-Dalet hot root, as seen by Rumanian cald (warm) and Italian caldo (warm). Warm words without the unimportant but misleading L include French chaud, and the nasalized Portuguese quente. Spanish caliente and Turkish sicak are less clear derivatives.

(S)CINTILLATE also adds an unhistoric S to the already nasalized (added N) K-D root.

Arabic fire is qt'ya. Hot in Fijian is katakata. Reversing to T-K for Native American and Oriental lan­guages: hot is atatakai (Japanese), tuguou (Korean) and tsoko (Ma-yan Indian). Dutch koud (hot) is like the proposed Germanic base of English HOT: kaid mentioned above.  A similar H-from-Koof guttural shift is seen at HEAD. Japanese is taku, where yakedo is to burn in Yamato (Ancient Japanese). 

The Edenic KD and KT incence words can be smelled in Pol ish  kadzenie (fumigation, using a censer for incense).

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