Origin of English word LEOPARD

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English Word


Edenic Word

LaBHeeYE + BaRoaD

Hebrew Word



Lamed-Bhet-Yod-Aleph + Bet-Resh-Dalet






LEO and PARD must be dealt with separately. To understand PARD, note Old Celtic brith (varicolored) and Cornish Bruit (speckled). In Genesis31:10 Jacob dreams about sheep that are     ברד   BaRoaD (spotted, mottled or grizzled). It is now easier to see the spotted LEOPARD or PARD, like the BLOT (spot) or BLOTCH (skin discoloration – see BLOTCH), as a form of ברד BaRoaD (spotted) rather than a meaningless animal name from the Greek pardos (panther). (Greek panther, with no Indo-European “root”, may be a PARD that was nasalized and had its T and R switched.) The post-Biblical term for PANTHER, BaRDiLo$, should not be seen as a Hebrew borrowing from Greek,. It is likely a combination of Bet-Resh-Dalet/ BRD (spotted) and LaYiSH (lion).

Now for LEO (Latin) the LION. LEO obviously is related to the following lion words: leao (Portuguese),  leev (Afrikaans),leu (Rumanian), Lowe (German), leeuw (Dutch), love (Danish and Norwegian) and lev, lew, lav, and lyef in Czech,  Polish, Serbo-Croatian and Russian. More obviously, all these leonine words are from  לביא La[V]eeYE (lion - Genesis49:9).


Reverse the L-V/F to get felis (cat in Latin), the source of FELINE.

ארי AReeY (lion) may also be behind LEO and ERIE (the cat term in Huron Indian which named a lake, canal and town).  See ARYAN.

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