Origin of English word GRAY

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The Indo-European “root”  for GRAY or GREY, to their credit,  is  gher- 3  (to shine, glow; gray).  No letter after the R is considered historically valid.   Only the Japanese word, see below, gives one the courage to go gray, with a   ח Het-word that can match the AHD’s “shine, glow”--  and yet lead to a dull color like GRAY.

  חרה   [K]HaRaH is to burn, “glow” (Harkavy).  When burnt (thus the shining), things turn ashen or ash-gray.   The versatile ח Het is a hard or soft guttural, soft enough to be a vowel (see IRE.


The listed  cognates of GRAY  include:  AMBERGRIS, GREYHOUND, GRISEOUS and GRIZZLE.

French  and Spanish GRAY is  gris.  German  grau  has no GRIZZLY fricative ending.  Neither do the GR GRAY words of Rumanian, all the Scandinavian languages or Turkish.  Japanese  hai’iro (gray) kindled this entry. 

 Edenic (Biblical Hebrew) has  עפר GHayFeR as ashes (Numbers 19:17), and    עפר GHaPHeReT meaning lead (which is gray).  Perhaps   עפר Ayin-Phey-Resh is  behind Indonesian gray: kelabu (M132, S-G,S-L,S-B).  But  עפר    Ayin-Resh-Phey. [A]PHoaR, as specifically gray is merely Modern Hebrew.

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