Origin of English word KENO

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The word KENO is addressed in the entry: FIN (1)

English Word

FIN (1)

Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[KH-PH-N → FN]


The FIN as a slang term for the hand and for a five dollar bill is not given an etymon of its own in Webster's. The hand, of course, is a natural symbol of five, and [K[HoaFahN means a hand (Exodus9:8).


IE “root” penkwe (five) is the given source of FIFTEEN, FIVE, CINQUE, FINGER, FIST, FOIST, KENO, PENTA-, PENTATEUCH, PENTECOST, PUNCH, PUNJAB, and QUINT(ET). FIFTY will sound more like [K]HoPHaN  when you note its roots in German funf and Sanskrit pancha are five terms.). Kurdish penc and Luri panch also mean “five.”

FIST and the possibly nasalized PENTA-  listed above, do not too close to penkwe, so they might be a reversal of an Edenic T-PH hand word,  DtePa[K]H (handbreath).

The  stronger PNK cognates are an anagram of  KPN, K[H]oaPHaN.

French poing is a fist; Tagalog kapitis to hold or grasp  – see  CAPTURE at COP.  In Chinese peng X 499 means to hold in both hands, and a double handful.  An  M312 metathesis gets peng from  [K]oaFahN. In the Bible this hand word is used to measure a handful.       

PUNKA(H) (a fan - from Hindi) recalls an outspread hand  – see  "PANICLE." PUNISH and PUNK, along with PINCH and PENURIOUS (tightfisted or penny-pinching) all go hand in hand. The Basque words for five and fist are also similar.

Throughout Austronesia the most common word for five is like Hawaiian lima (5), reversing מלא MahLAy (full… all 5 fingers).

Some numbers appear to echo the Edenic letters/numbers. Standouts are Bet ב (2) and BOTH and ח Het (8) and OCT- and EIGHT. In Laos 5 is ha, which might be from ה Hey (letter/number 5), or a clipped [K]HaMaiSH (5).


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