Origin of English word GROATS

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The word GROATS is addressed in the entry: GRIST

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The alleged Indo-European “root” is ghrendh (to grind). Old High German grist-grimmon means to "gnash the teeth." The closest verb in English is to GRIT (grind the teeth), while Hebrew has   GaRa$ (crush - "he has broken my teeth on gravel…" - Lamentations3:16). See CRUSH. As gor grimmon or the related GRIN and GROMWELL,  GeReM is bone and  GaRahM is to crush bone.

GRIST (ground grain) is from  GeReS (defined as "grist" but translated as "GROATS" and "GRITS" at Leviticus21:14). The Indo-European “root” for GRIST, GRIT and GROATS is grendh (to grind).

See more GR crushers at GRAIN and GROAN.


GROA$ is a grist maker. Greissenis "split" in German.

A chewy GR word of relevance here is GaRaH (cud). Cognates of the Indo-European “root” above include GRIND, HYPOCHONDRIA and REFRAIN. A related Indo-European “root” is ghrei (to rub). It includes grating cognates like GRIME and GRISLY along with, under Gree  k khriein (to anoint), words like CHRISM and CHRISTIAN. Besides all the GR etymons for the grinding of ointment, Greek khriein (to anoint) may be a metathesis of ReQaK[H] (to prepare ointment, perfume or spices – (Exodus 30:25).

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