Origin of English word SNAIL

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English Word

SNAIL

Edenic Word

Za[K]HeL

Hebrew Word

שנק

Transliteration

Shin-Noon-Koof

Pronounciation

Zah-HELL

Conversion

[ZHL+N → SNL]

Roots

SNAIL is given the Indo-European “root” sneg, (to creep; creeping thing). The sound is off, but the sense is good. The AHD wrongly makes the SNAKE (see SNAKE) a cognate of SNAIL (see SLUG).    The fricative shift (Zayin/Z to S), and dropping of the Het  are minor. The damage was done when the nasalization (extra N)  crept in an early Grmanic era.


Related Words

SNAKE,SLUG



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