Origin of English word REICH

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The linguistic roots of this German word for empire follow Anglo-Saxon rice to Latin rex (king) and back to the Indo-European “root” reg 1 (straight...to direct – see   RACK). ריכא ReeYKHA is a noble (Aramaic); אברך  ABHRaiKH or "Abrech" is the Egyptian title given to Joseph the viceroy (Genesis41:43). סרך    $aRahKH in the Aramaic of Daniel 6:3 is a prefect or president.

 There are several complementary R + guttural Edenic etymons, including:     הדריך HeeDReeYKH -- to lead, guide, direct (see DIRECTION);  רעה   RoaGHeH (also spelled Resh-Vav-Ayin-Hey) is a shepherd or leader of the flock (Genesis 4:2) – the image of shepherd as king is solidified by the pharoah’s shepherd’s crook.  The Masoretic text translates R-GH-H (literally shepherd) as “rulers” in Jeremiah 2:8.  More on the shepherd-king and pharaoh at REGAL.  In Ezekiel 37:24 a united kingdom under King David “shall have one shepherd /     רעה     ROAGHeH.” ערך  [A]RaKH is to set in order – see ARCHITECT (which covers RK terms of order from RECKON to ARACHNID.) Shifting to L + guttural, we get the primary Edenic king word ,  מלך MeLeKH. The Mem serves as a prefix.    מלך    MeLeKH (king) is literally the one who makes things   לך LayKH (go! - pronounced RAIKH after an L → R change). Lamed-Khaf (go) is also the sub-root in מלאך  MaLAKH (celestial agent or “angel”) -- one who is made to go by the King of Kings.

The רך Resh-Khaf element in מדריך  MaDReeYKH (guide, leader) is also relevant, especially for the Welsh DRAGON below.


R-KH rulership terms not listed at Indo-European reg include the Welsh (or KKK) DRAGON (leader), RAGNAROK and Old Norse regin (god), and Greek arkhein (to rule, command) as seen in MONARCHY. Errege is a king in Basque; ariki is a chief or king in Proto-Polynesian. The many R + guttural driven “king” words include Romanian rege, and forms of raja  in languages like Bengali and Malay. Several languages lose the guttural, like French roi, Italian re, Catalan rei, Spanish rey, Portuguese rei, and Irish ri, while Tagalog  reverses it to hari.


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