Origin of English word HIPPOPOTAMUS

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The word HIPPOPOTAMUS is addressed in the entry: HOOF

English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[UKV → HF]


The oldest HOOF terms are Sanskrit capha and the Indo-European kapho.  עקב [A]QaiBH is the heel (Genesis25:26) or a hoof (Judges5:22). כף  KahF is the palm of the hand or foot,

see CUFF. Both Edenic etymons require some shifting, but they are positioned well for the sound and sense of HOOF.   An עק    Ayin-Koof relative of    עקב [A]hQaiBH is  עקל [A]hQeL (twist… crooked – see ANKLE.   What is profoundly connected in anatomy, the human ankle or the animal hoof or talon, is visible in Edenic design. Same Designer. The HOOF is the foot area surrounded, encased by a bony substance that allows ruminant motility. If a human’s foot lacks toes, etc. and is surrounded hoof-like, a clubfoot is a TALIPES (see “TALIPES) – from another Semitic “hoof” word.

One can now hear why עקף [A]QahF (to surround – Aramaic, etc.) is only a bilabial shift from  עקב

[A]QaiBH (heel).


Latin unguis is a claw, nail or talon. UNGUIS is English, as is UNGULA (the Latin hoof).  עקב [A]hQaiBH  and  עקל [A]hQeL have again given us modified hoof/ankle words, but the Ayin is nasalized (as when European Jews call  יעקב Ya’aKoaV (Jacob) YaNKeL.  Drop the L of Latin calx (heel - source of CALCAR, CAULK and CALK) to hear a double-guttural reading of   עקב [A]hQaiBH read as GHaQ(aiBH).  Cauquer is to trample in Old French. Arabic drops the initial Ayin in its heel word kaab.  Turkish okce and Japanese kakato drop the end Bhet. Basqu reverses [A]QaiBH to boka . The Polish reverses to obcas. The Hawaiian heel is kapuai; the ankle in Thai is kaw(tao). The Hungarian ankle twists to boka.

INCULCATE is another derivative of calx or calcis (heel), as teaching can resemble trampling underfoot. The bottom of the foot is a KaPH (Genesis8:9), and the ankle is a QePHeTS.  See COVER for K- PH and HF words that speak to the HOOF as a covering.  The German hoof  is huf. Shoe in Turkish (ayakkabi), as HOOF in English (from Sanskrit capha), comes from [A]hQaiBH.  Kaupua'i is the sole of the foot or an animal's paw in Hawaiian  – see  CUFF.  Kop yto    is a Polish  hoof,  S-B.       A Turkish  human shoe is ayyakkaba,

The Finnish horse, hevonen  or hovoss, may echoe the Koof-Bhet at H-V. Another theory is seen at “KIBITS.”

The IE “root” for horse terms is ekwo, taking in EOHIPPUS, EQUESTRIAN and HIPPOPOTAMUS.  Perhaps Latin equus (horse) liked the clip-clop sound of the [E]QBHaY $OO$ ("horses hooves" - Judges5:22).  The graphic influence of Koof/Q on the English Q is obvious.  Other examples of English "qu" words from a Hebrew KV source might include 1) AQUA - (water) from  (M)iQ(V)aH (ritual bath, reservoir,  and the "gathering together" or pool in Genesis1:10), and 2) EQUAL, EQUI -, etc. from Qa(V) (line, measuring line - Psalms19:5).  EQUATION, EQUATOR and EQUITY come to English from Edenic by way of Latin aequus (plain, even, flat).  Most "qu" words in English have  GW or KW IE “root”s.  The Hottentot QUAGGA is a South African horse-like mammal, somewhere between a zebra and a donkey. The printed etymology guesses that the name comes from the creature’s cry.  More likely this horse is also named for the hoof, with [A]QaiBH as the guttural GHaQai(V) undergoing an M231 metahesis.  The Shepardic or Mediterrannean guttural Ayin is heard in the Italian cav iglia (ankle).  GHahQAi[V] heel or ankle metathesizes from GH-Q-(V) → CVG].  See ANKLE and QUEUE.

Why does Arabic qif mean “stop?”  Ayin-Koof-Bhet means heel, as well as crooked (Isaiah 40:4 -- like the angular ankle. HEEL! means stop!  We have both a set of brakes (the heel), as well as an accelerator (the forward part of the foot).  Just the [A]QaiL, crook of the leg-end (see ANKLE), involves Koof-Lamed speed (see ACCELERATE). But Koof-Bhet puts us back on our heels, stops us. Koof-Bhet, or a related guttural-bilabial, makes a fine “stop.”

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