Origin of English word ROVE

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[ R-BH]


The verb to ROVE (set free, unloose) is originally an archery term based on Anglo-Saxon arafian. The ROVER Ishmael is the   רבה              קשת Ro[V]eH  QaSHaT    (bow shooter or "archer" of Genesis21:20).             רבב ROBHaBH is to shoot;  רובה  ROABHeH is a rifle in modern Hebrew.

Reversing the Bhet-Resh/(V)-R of    עבר  [A]BHahR (to pass or cross over – see FERRY) adds music to this moving meaning..


While ROVE has no Indo-European “root”, ROVER is traced to reup or reub (to snatch). A ROVER is a pirate. PREDETORY PIRATES and other ROBBERS engage in T-R-PH (reverse PR-D/T) rapine seen at TROPHY, in the Resh-Phey subroot of DTeRePH (prey, etc.). The etymon for English ROB, Spanish robar and Italian rubare has undergone liquid and bilabial shifts to become French voler, Hungarian lop, Rumanian fura. 

Beyond armed ROBBERY, there is a rifle-rob connection. RIFLE (the verb) is from Dutch rijffelen (to plunder).  RIFLE the noun is linked to French rifler (to scrape) instead of the R-BH Hebrew etymon above. 

For the ROVE in weaving see REEVE.    Like the “woof” of weaving, there is  a

W-F variation of ROVE. An aimless, ROVING wanderer is a WAIF. Dismissing the S before the guttural, German Schweif is about roving and rambling like a WAIF. The AHD prefers  to link WAIF with WAVE, WIMPLE and WIPE..

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