Origin of English word FLEET

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[P( H)-L-T]


FLEET and FLIGHT (see FLIGHT) needn't belong with FLOAT at the Indo-European “root” pleu (to flow).  FLEETING (running swiftly away) best directs us to escaping, and away from FLEET as a flotilla of ships.

 Old English flyht (act of fleeing, escape) more simply and directly comes from   פלט   PaLahDT or      פלת PHaLahT (to escape, be saved - Ezekiel7:16) and     פליטה PLaYDTaH ("escaped" - Exodus10:5).      פרח PaRa[K]H is to fly; also Aramaic-Syriac.     פ-ר-ח Pey-Resh-Het is also the spreading of disease (Leviticus 13:39), and blossoming (Numbers 17:23). Getting back to FLIGHT,       אפרחים     APHRoa[K]HiM are young birds in Deuteronomy 22:6.  A FLEDGE (FLEDGELING) is also in that flooded Indo-European “root”.  The pleu Indo-European “root” not only includes the verb FLY, but the insect as well.  The AHD traces the FLY to Old English fleoge (a fly, and closely relates it to FLEE.  Sryiac       פרחתא PaRa[K[HTAh is a bird and an insect, a flying creature.

Fleet-footed flying from danger is ברח     BeRa[K]H (to flee -  Genesis 31:22); also Ugaritic and Arabic (any withdrawing).


FLEE, FLIT, FLUSTER and FLY are better off rescued from the Indo-European “root” pleu (to flow)  – see  FLUTTER.  Listed cognates of FLEET and FLIGHT include FLUSTER, PLUVIAL, PNEUMONIA, PLUTO, PULMONARY and a FLOTILLA of other FLOTSAM.

Some of the relevant cognates listed include FLECHE and FLETCHER (the flying arrow), FLEY (to put to flight), FOWL, FLUGELHORN and FLUTTER.

The listed words BLEED (BLOOD) and FLOOD might also come from  Pey-Lamed-Tet or  P-L-DT, as the Hebrew term can also mean to discharge, escape or vomit forth  – see  BURST.  The PL element in gushing liquids is found in other Indo-European "rain" words.

A related LT root of hiding and concealment is seen at LID. To LIGHT OUT (escape) might be from the Lamed-Tet part of our featured Edenic etymon.  LOT is told to FLEE, HeeMaLaiDT (Genesis 19:22).  Infamous as a  (Pa)LeeYDT (refugee), Abraham's nephew  LOADT / LOT had to run in fleet flight from the destruction of Sodom.

To BOLT and run is another bilabial-liquid-denta; of escape;  the opposite of being BOLTED in place.


One may prefer to see FLIGHT as a FLG, rather than an FLT word. If so, the first in flight in not North Carolina but the Bible. Biblical Pey - Resh-Het., PeRa[K]H or FeRa[K]H,  means to fly, burst forth (Genesis 40:10), or break out, mostly in the sense of an airborne plague (Exodus 9:9). Forms of this bilabial-liquid-guttural flying can be seen in the airplanes of the Germans (flugzeus) and Dutch (vliegtuig).

A liquid shift allows Resh to become L, while guttural Het cab become a GH.  From this angle, the T of FLIGHT is inhistoric. See FLIGHT.  For water fleeting or floating away, see “ARCIPELAGO.”

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