Origin of English word NAPPE

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The word NAPPE is addressed in the entry: MAP


English Word

MAP

Edenic Word

MaPaH

Hebrew Word

מפה

Transliteration

Mem-Pey-Hey

Pronounciation

MUP-AH

Conversion

[MPH]

Roots

MAP is from mappa (napkin, towel, cloth). This Latin noun is said by Quintilian to be of Carthaginian origin. Since Carthage was founded by Phoenicians, the Semitic origin of the talmudic word     מפה MaPaH (tablecloth, map, flag) needn't be suspect. Etymologist Ernest Klein cites מנפה  MiNaPHaH (streaming cloth, banner) and  נוף NOAPH (to swing) as the Hebrew-Punic source of MAP.  The first etymon looks like a nasalization; the second requires a nasal shift (N to M).


Branches

Cognates are APRON, MOP, NAPERY, NAPKIN and NAPPE.





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