Origin of English word GAPE

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The word GAPE is addressed in the entry: GAP


English Word

GAP

Edenic Word

GaiBH

Hebrew Word

גב

Transliteration

Gimel-Bhet

Pronounciation

GAVE

Conversion

[G-BH]

Roots

A GAP is a hole or opening, cleft or ravine.the alleged Indo-European “root” is the wide open ghai (to yawn, gape).   GaiBH is a pit or "trench" (IIKings3:16).  KaiPH is a cave, vault or hollow rock  – see  CAVITY.  Reversing to P-guttural leads to the holes at PICK, like the POCKMARK.


Branches

GahPH and  AGahPH are verbs of filling holes. QOOPAh is Aramaic for the hole in an axehead or needle.   Most of the cognates of GAP sound quite unrelated. These include CHASM, GILL, and YAWN. GILL (ravine) seems better linked to Hebrew terms found at CATSKILL and HOLLOW. GAPE, from Old Norse gapa (to yawn, gape), does sound appropriate as a cognate of GAP.


Related Words

PICK



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