Origin of English word KENNEL

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The Indo-European “root” of KENNEL, housing for a dog, but a haunt for even wild animals in its obsolete usage, is kwon (dog). Just because Greek kuoin and Latin canis came to mean dog because of the creature’s propensity to nest in a small cage does not mean that the compartment was named for the dog rather than vice versa. The first recorded animal cages or compartments were the QiNeeYM of Noah’s ark (Genesis 6:14). The singular is QaiN (cell, chamber or nest). It is, typically, spelled with more letters in the always more cumbersome, devolved forms of the Edenic, in Akkadian, Syriac and Aramaic.

Even though this is not a name from Eden (like KeLeBh, dog) why name a species after an artificial, man-made device for confining the animal?  Unusual for a creature capable of running far and fast, dogs will voluntarily snuggle into their cage and wait, sleeping, for many hours.

 Several dog names seem to have come from the Edenic, while KENNEL itself more likely went west via Akkadian qinnu (nest). Nasal-guttural synonyms of rest are NoaK[H] and HaNaK[H]aH.

See the other guttural-nasal words for homes and camps at HAUNT. For K-N as half of a double root tern of settlement, see ENSCONCE.


CANINE is a good fit at Indo-European “root” kwon (dog). HOUND, however, is from [K]HoaDTeM, snout (Isaiah 48:9  -- with a M132 metathesis) – see COATI, DACHSHUND and HUNT. Other words listed as cognates of KENNEL are CANAILLE, CANARY, CANICULA, CHENILLE, CYNIC, CYNOSURE, DACHSHUND (see entry), PROCYON and QUINSY.  See HEN.

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