Origin of English word LILAC

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LILAC is traced to Arabic laylak and lilak, but our proudly Indo-Aryan dictionaries go on to offer Sanskrit nila (indigo) and the Indo-European “root” nei (to be excited, to shine). Arabic layla and Hebrew  לילה LahyLaH mean night (and its purple or dark blue hue).

 "And the darkness He called night"  -  לילה LahyLaH  Genesis1:5.


LILITH, the she-demon of myth, is from Assyrian-Babylonian lilitu (of the night). Lilith harks back to the LeeyLeeYT (screech owl - Isaiah34:14).

Double liquid (L or R) words for “black” appear in Polynesian:  Hawaiian elieli, Fijian loaloa,   Rapa-Nui uri-uri,  Samoan uliuli and Tongan  'uli'uli .  [Josh Ben ]

Another English LL word that seems to draw upon the Edenic Lamed-Lamed night is LOLL. LOLL means “to recline indolently” (to LEAN) or “lounge” in various dictionaries. LeeYN, to spend the night, lodge or tarry (Genesis 24:25) is actually a Lamed-Lamed term from LahYL (night) according to E.D. Klein.  This intimation of an L term from a Noon is the flip side of N from Lamed taken up in  appendix B.   More on LeeYn and LEAN at CLIMATE.

There is a second, vocal meaning of LOLL, taken up by the AHD with the Indo-European “root” la (echoic). This alleged source of LOLL, LAMENT and LOON could be from a second Lamed-Vav-Noon word meaning to murmer. It is related to HiT’ LOAN eN, to complain.  There is an Arabic LM cognate; and Greek lalos  (talkative).  The Hebrew LOOL (chicken coop) is not Biblical, but it fits with all the LL terms of dwelling overnight and noisy murmuring.  

More at LULL.

Bible Verses

Genesis 1:5 ויקרא אלהים לאור יום ולחשׁך קרא לילה ויהי־ערב ויהי־בקר יום אחד ׃

“And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”



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