Origin of English word RAM

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1) The RAM is thought to derive from a Germanic root rama and an Old Norse term rammr which means "sharp, bitter...with reference to the strong smell in the mating season." Whether or not this etymology smells good, this "bitter" term rama is merely a reversal of  MaR (bitter – see   MARINE). Other RM or RN "bitter" smelling terms include RANCID, RANCOR and RANK. Hebrew etymons for RAM (male sheep) include  IMRAh (sheep in Aramaic - another RM reversal) and ראם R’AiM (bison, reindeer -- Ben-Yehudah -- or "wild-ox"- Deuteronomy33:17). The same term is defined "reindeer," but this male animal is known for butting or goring as seen in the Biblical citation.   

2)         רמה RaMaH is to cast or hurl, as the ocean hurled Pharoah’s troops in Exodus 15:1.  רמך RoaMa[K]H is a lance or spear (Judges5:8). This recalls the verb to RAM (no Indo-European “root”).  A butting RAM is like a living lance or RAMROD. 

3)       As dominant male of the flock, the RAM is רם   RaM (exalted).  RaMAh is Arama  ic for high or exalted. הרמה HaRaMaH is to raise  (Exodus 7:20). RahM is the adjective “mighty” in  Deuteronomy 1:28.

  The built-in antonym for an exalted, RAMPANT (raised up, exalted) animal is the lowly ReeMaH (worm).  The Resh can also be WR in WReeMaH. ReeMaH  is also to cheat, deceive or worm one’s way into something,  There’s also RoMayS (to crawl, creep or teem with vermin) and  RiMeeY$aH (trampling).  The ReeMaH (worm – Exodus 16:24) is thus “the lowly creep”  -- the opposite of Resh-Mem greatness.  Resh-Mem highness and exaltedness is at RUM.

A companion to RM hight and mightiness is מורא MOARAh (reverence – Genesis 9:2).


The RN of REINDEER should be from QeReN (horn - source of HORN, as seen at UNICORN).  But the Old Norse etymon hreinn meaning of "lofty horns" also recalls the R’EM, an unknown horned beast in Numbers23:22 and the exalted and animal senses of Resh-Mem in this entry.  At very least, the liquid-nasal second element of QeReN (horn) is sharpened here.    RUNT is linked to Dutch rund (ox), but also to sword names.

The noun and verb RAMS meet with rushing speed and force of a RAMROD. RaMaKH is a speedy horse or charger ( Esther 8:10)  The charging RAM, like a hurled ( RaMaH) RoaMa[K]H, lance (see “LANCE”), recalls not only the verb RAM, but also CRAM.  CRAM is given the alleged Indo-European “root” of ger- 1 (to gather).  Let violent than the Resh-Mem hurling and casting of a RAMJET, is the biological “shooting” in words like the RAMBLER rose which can RAMBLE or ROAM in the process of RAMIFICATION.  A plant will RAMIFY with branches or shoots.

Back to the zoological RAM, the IMRAh (sheep) might link up with LM words like LLAMA – see   CAMEL.

Hungarian emel (to lift high) may be a shited, reversal of our R-M raising.

RaM  (exalted) makes a fine source for “large:” as  in Malay: Bantek ramoh, eraamei in Malay:Camarian, L-M in five other dialects, and reversed in Rumanian mare. Mor means great in Irish. MaROAM means height, or high places – Judges 5:18.  Merina means “the high people” in Malagasy (Madagascar).

Bible Verses

Deuteronomy 1:28 אנה אנחנו עלים אחינו המסו את־לבבנו לאמר עם גדול ורם ממנו ערים גדלת ובצורת בשׁמים וגם־בני ענקים ראינו שׁם ׃

“Whither are we going up? our brethren have made our heart to melt, saying: The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.”



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