Origin of English word CURVE

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Latin curvus is bent, from the Indo-European base (s)quer (to turn, bend) or the IE “root” ger (curving, crooked).

Edenic offers many gutural-liquid bending words:   קער Q[E]’eR (to curve), the curvy עגור [A]GOOR (crane –see EGRET),   קעור Qah[O]OR (concave),     קערה Qi[A]RaH (bowl - Exodus37:16),   כרוכית KROOKeeYT (roll),   כרכור KiRKOOR (whirl, circle - IISamuel6:14),  כרע KaR[A]h (to kneel, bend at the knees - Genesis 49:9) and   הכריע HiKHReeY[A]h

  (to bend).  More at CYCLE.


CORRAL is from Spanish corro (a circle, ring). The dictionary goes on to attribute the Spanish term to Latin currere (to run).

The IE “root” ger (curving, crooked) includes: AGRAFFE, GRAPE, GRAPPLE (see GRAPPLE), CARP, CART, CRADLE, CRAMP, CRANK (see CRANK), CRECHE (see CRECHE”), CREEK (see CRANK), CREEP, CRIB, CRINGE (see CRINGE), CRINKLE, CRIPPLE, CROCK, CROFT, CROOK, CROP, CROUP, CRUM(PLE), CRUMPET, CRUSE, and CURL. CURVE itself is at Indo-European sker (to turn, bend), where it is a cognate of CIRCLE. Too many unrelated CR words are tossed in.

To the CROCK above, add KIER (attributed to Old Norse ker, a tub). A KIER is just a larger Q’[A]RaH or bowl. CORRIE is from an Indo-European “root” fewer (something dish shaped). Fijian kuro is a pot.

To CRINGE, add COWER - from  KoR[A]h (tokneel). COWARD and QUAIL may surrender here too.

Also relevant is the HARP, from an Indo-European base (s)qereb(h) (to bend, curve). A QUIRK is a related twist or turn. COIR (rope fiber) is from Tamil kayaru (to be twisted). Coraat is a word for "round" of the Luiseno Indians. Kerek is "round" in Hungarian; in Russian it's krugli. Also in this part of the globe are round objects spelled with a  g-r-d in Bulgaria, Pamiran, Pashto and Turkish.

This resembles another guttural-guttural-liquid of circularity: GHaGoaL(round, circular- I Kings 7:23).  Cor is a circle in Irish. All the CIRCUM- words like CIRCUMFERENCE, fit here. Kiwi is curved in Hawaian.

The curved ARC or ARCH may simply be a backwards version of these KR words of CURVATURE.

To ARCH one’s back might also be related to A[K]HOAR (backwards, an M!32 metathesis – see RUCKSACK.)

An extension of קער Qa’ahR (hollow, deep – Harkavy) is קערה Q’[A]RaH, bowl, dish – Exodus 25:29.

Finnish kulho is a bowl (S-L) , and reversing to KR, raki  is a wide-mouthed ceramic receptacle in Quechua.

The IE “root” arek  means “hold or contain. This could be an M231 of  קערה Qi[A]RaH (bowl). Derivates of arek are thought to be ARK and ARCANE. Another alleged derivitave, COERCE, is more likely from כרח KeRa[K]H (to force, compel), which is seen in Arabic ‘akraha (he forced, compelled) and Ethiopic k w arha (he forced, compelled).   Polish l uk  (curve, arc, bow) <  ← S-L of קעור Qah[O]OR (concave).    


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