Origin of English word GABARDINE

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The word GABARDINE is addressed in the entry: GARB

English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word









scaling, covering or scab


The AHD’s Indo-European “root” for GARB (clothes) is garwian (to make, prepare, equip).  Old French garbe (gracefulness) and Italian garbo (grace) are elsewhere considered to be the immediate sources of GARB.

It lacks Japhetic elegance, but a scab is nature’s second skin, and dressing for a wound.   A   גרב GeReBH  is a scab – Deuteronomy 28:27. Ben-Yehudah adds the Modern Hebrew, GeReBH as sock or stocking.  This is borrowed from Arabic jawrab (socks, stockings).  It may be a mere coincidence that Biblical   גרבת GaReBeT (scabies) canbe at itchy as modern גרבון GaRBOAN (pantyhose).


BRANCHES:  GABER DINE is defined by Webster’s as “a loose coat or cloak, worn in the Middle Ages, especially by Jews.”  GABARDINE is a woolen or faux woolen cloth. Garbo fans will complain, but Edenic readers know a GRB clothing term even when it is confused to GBR.

Bible Verses

Leviticus 22:22 עורת או שׁבור או־חרוץ או־יבלת או גרב או ילפת לא־תקריבו אלה ליהוה ואשׁה לא־תתנו מהם על־המזבח ליהוה׃

“ Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scabbed, or scurvy, ye shall not offer these unto the LORD, nor make an offering by fire of them upon the altar unto the LORD.”

Deuteronomy 28:27 יככה יהוה בשׁחין מצרים ובעפלים ובגרב ובחרס אשׁר לא־תוכל להרפא׃

“The LORD will smite thee with the boil of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.”



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