Origin of English word SNAKE

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[S( H)-N-K]


SNAKE is from Anglo-Saxon snaca and, perhaps, the given Indo-European “root” sneg (to creep; creeping thing).  It is not  accurate to describe a SNAKE as a creeper (see SERPENT), and to make the SNAKE a cognate of SNAIL (see SNAIL). The SNAKE is the animal world’s only strangler; S(H)eeNaiQK is to strangle in Jewish Aramaic. Akkadian sanaqu, is to press – see HANG.

 The SNAKE also squirts (venom) and can leap forth - the definitions of ZeNaiQ ( leap -- Deuteronomy33:22).

ZaNaBH (tail – Exodus 24:4 – see ZOMBIE) and  S(H)eN (tooth...fang – see TINE) are relevant SN terms as well. Many animals bite, but snakebite is special enough to consider the relevancy of  נשך   NaSHahKH (to bite -- Genesis  49:17) among our Fricative-Nasal-Guttural terms .

Another etymon for SNAKE is NaK[H]aSH (snake - Genesis3:1). Yes, the end S of NKS has to snake its way to the front of the word, but one sees many examples of this Hebrew letter #3 to English letter #1 phenomenon.


The NK element in world SNAKE words is striking. The Indo-European root ang(w)hi (snake, eel) includes ANGUINE and ANGUILLIFORM from Latin anguis (snake). ECHINO-, ECHINODERM, ECHINUS and ECHIDA are at this root thanks to Greek ekhis (snake - which has only lost the initial N of NaKHaSH).

The ANACONDA (python-like snake) is an NK snake term from Singalese or Ceylonese that stresses the constriction seen at HANG; [K]HeNeQK and  SHeeNaiQ both mean the kind of strangulation that boa constrictors do for a living.  The D of ANACONDA may come from the primeval Shin/SH -– see  the Cherokee below.

CONGER is a large eel; only the extra R in its immediate source, Greek gongros is not consistent with NaK[H]aSH.  The first element, GN, would be reversed.

To SNIGGLE is to catch SNIGS (eels in English dialect). Eel and snake words should sound alike. The least subtle  Na[K]HaSH (snake) is the Hawaiian nahesi (snake). More SNAKE words include the Amazon Indian kana,. “KAN” is at the heart of the Hopi Indian word for bullsnake, Arabic hanash (eel - #1-#2 letter swap), Hawaiian kuna (eel - NK reversed), Japanese unagi (eel), Kiowa Indian sane (K drops out; Russian smeya is similar), Maya Indian kana, Indonesian ikanbelut (eel), noso, niha and katoun in various Malay dialects, Swahili nyoka and Thai ngoo.

The Het is the letter in Na[K[HaSh most likely to be molted, and the Shin/SH-to-dental shift (constant in Edenic to Aramaic) is seen at TAURUS. Therefore the Cherokee (Amerind) snake, inada, belongs here with the ANACONDA.

Reversing (N)HS to Chinese she (snake) recalls NeeK[H]OOSH (divination, magic).  The blind snake uses heat sensing to catch prey. Thus, besides divination, NeeK[H]aiSH is to GUESS and Het-Vav-Shin is to sense or intuit – see GUESS.

Snake magic is all about the creature’s neurology. Snake handling is long associated with magic, from snake charmers in Bombay to medicine men among the American Indians. American medicine men with M.D.'s show the sign of the snake on a pole because of Numbers21:9. The healing "brass serpent" is admired by copperheads everywhere.  Ni[K]HoSH(eT), or brass, is nossoe in Korean).

Taking up serpents is one of the five signs of believers saved from damnation at the end of the gospel of Mark. Whether one sees the SNAKE as a healing or as a Satanic figure, these creatures have taken a NiS(H)eeYKHaH (bite) out of Man's consciousness. Snakes are biting in Numbers21:6, a #1-#2 letter swap of Noon-Shin-Kahf (to bite) will also get one back to SNAKE. See ASP and SNEAK.

Albanian shllige is an adder. The SLG is nasalized among Germanic tongues, whose snake words are spelled like the German Schlange. These fricative-liquid-guttural terms belong here.  The Germanic snakes are a nasalized, metathesthis of ZOAK[H]eL (reptile). See the verb of sliding at SLUDGE or the noun of a creeper at SLUG.  There is an N-L relationship, so this ZKL slithering is relevant.  Recognizing the odd N to L shift (as well as a metathesis), allows us put the Navaho snake, klesh, on our radar.

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