Origin of English word HELIO-

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The word HELIO- is addressed in the entry: HORUS

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Edenic Word


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[ HRS]


HORUS, the Egyptian sun god, is a Greek rendition of an ancient Egyptian word.   חרסה

[K] HaRSaH or the   חרס [K]HeRe$ in Job9:6 means "sun."    חרה [K]HaRaH is to burn; חרב [K]HaReBH is heat or dryness.


Such HR sun terms offer alternative etymons for HOUR, HOROLOGY and HORO(SCOPE).  For HOUR, Also see the HR of  HURRY.

They are thought to derive from the Indo-European “root” yer (year, season). The direct source of HOUR is Greek hora (hour, time, period, season). More HR time words at HURRY.

A more difficult IE “root” linkage is seen with Greek helios (the sun). The Indo-European “root” for this source of HELIOCENTRIC or HELIUM is not an HL or HR term but sawel (sun). The Semitic "Town of Heres" in Egypt (Isaiah19:8) was renamed the Greek equivalent of Sun City - Heliopolis. Several HELIO- words are from the same  Greek liquid shift of the Semitic sun (HRS).

YEAR is thought to come from a fabricated Indo-European “root” above, even though German Jahr suggests a guttural in the etymon. Years can also be lunar, and YaRaya[K]H is a month or the moon (Genesis 37:9). Yod-Resh-Het metathesis neatly to JHR. There’s also the Gaelic moon, ghellach; the Polish year, rok; and in Merrit Ruhlen’s table of African superlanguages (The Origin of Languages page 35) K-R is the dominant form (reversing Resh-Het). See    SOLAR and YEAR.

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