Origin of English word GNAW

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[NG($) → GN]


English GNATHIC or Greek gnathos (the jaw) is thought to come from a fabricated Indo-European “root” ghen (to GNAW).  See CHIN.

נגס NaGa$ to bite is post Biblical Hebrew, but is established as proto-Semitic Edenic by both Aramaic   נגס NiGa$ (he bit, bit off) and the NG root retained in Arabic najadha (he bit). The NG root of biting metathesises to GN.  

Without methethasis, the sound and sense of K[H]N, Het-Noon, grinding and milling appears in       טחן  DTaK[H]aN (to mill, grind, pulverize, chew). Moses "ground the golden calf to powder" in Exodus32:20.  The correct guttural-nasal order appears in the lousy, biting Biblical bug: the   כן KaiN (see below).


To GN(ASH| is to grind (the teeth) together.

Breaking down Indo-European “root” ghen (gnaw), we get GNAT, NAG (GN reversed) and NOSH. Ken is to gnaw or nibble in Chinese.           Reverse German nach(en) (to eat on the sly) to get SHeN (tooth; the legal term for food ruined by errant beasts).

The irritating GNAT and the louse egg, the NIT, is related to KaiN (louse - Exodus8:12). Lousy bedfellows of this third plague of Egypt include the KeeNaH (beetle, louse), and so the CANTHARIS (blistering beetle or Spanish fly) and the CIMEX. A Polish gnat is komar. A louse in Eskimo is komak; in Malay: Galela the louse is a gani.

Mosquito words carry the Edenic K-N biting trait. The Modern Greek mosquito is kounou’pi.  The ending might signify flying, see AVIATE.  Polish and Czech shift nasals with komar. The Russian mosquito is kamar. Danish myg and Dutch mug reverse the guttural-nasal.

The IE “root” denk (to bite) seems to switch the #2 and #3 root letters of DTaK[H]aN (to chew). Indo-European “root” denk gives us TANG, TONGS, TOUGH and ZINC.

Guttural-nasal sounds like clamping down in Chinese,  qian X526.  Revrse to nuku, to chew, in Fijian.

The initial TK element of DTaK[H]aN recalls Old English tux (canine tooth) and its derivative TUSK. Rendering Tet-Het-Noon as DHN, we might move on to all the DENTAL words at Indo-European dent (tooth - but traced to an earlier term that meant "to bite")

German zahn (tooth), Tupi Indian sainha (tooth), Norwegian tann (tooth) and Swahili jino (tooth) all point to forms of SHaiN (tooth –see TINE) as well as to Tet-Het-Noon/ DT-[K]H-N (chew, grind) for the roots of the world's teeth.

QaDTaM (to chop), (QaDTaN (small) and DahQ (thin) are related to our DT-K-N etymon of pulverization. Speaking of KN words of ground down things, the Indo-European “root” keni (dust, ashes) gave us words like INCINERATE and CONIDIUM. CINDER is not connected by the dictionaries, although French cendre means ashes.

Chewing and grinding appears to be done by a guttural-nasal bodt part called the CHIN  – see  CHIN..  To pulverize in Chinese is chong.

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