Origin of English word TREE

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English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word









tree (sundry varieties in translations)


The AHD traces TREE to deru (to be firm, solid , steadfast).  Greek drus is an actual tree word of antiquity, an oak, a post-Babel acorn that has not fallen far from the Edenic Tahf-Resh-Zayin.

  The תרזה TiRZaH ofIsaiah44:14 has been trans­lated as the holly, the holm oak, a plain oak, the lime tree and linden tree.  They are all correct, in that their TR roots begin with the   תרזה TiRZaH.

The Tsadi-Resh   צריח TSaReeYa[K]H of Judges 9:49 is translated as a “hold” (KJV), a fort or a forest. They are all correct, in that this TR variant is likely a fortress made of trees, a stockade.


The Polish tree, drzewo, retains the Edenic Z but adds a typical Slavic suffix. Russian (dyerevo), Danish (trae), and Anglo-Saxon (treow) trees begin to branch away from TiRZaH. Sanskrit daru means wood, timber. Gujarati (from Sanskrit) has a dental-fricative ‘tree’ word that has reversed and dropped the liquid: zaad.

The Aleph-Resh-Zayin, EReZ, (ceder -- Psalms 29:5) is related to the TiRZaH.  The Aleph-Resh-Zayin trunk of tree words is grounded in earth, Aleph-Resh-Tsaddi – see EARTH. 

The AHD  would make a TREE cognate with words like DURESS, ENDURE, TRIM, TRUCE, TROTH, TRUE and TRUST. For a less hollow ring, there are cognates like  DENDRO-, DEODAR, DRYAD, RHODODENDRON,TRAY, TROUGH, and those original tree-huggers, the DRUIDS.  More trees at ARBOR, ASH (tree)ELM, “TAMARISK,” etc. and entries like FRUIT and STICK.

Bible Verses

Isaiah 44:14 לכרת־לו ארזים ויקח תרזה ואלון ויאמץ־לו בעצי־יער נטע ארן וגשׁם יגדל׃

“He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the ilex and the oak, and strengtheneth for himself one among the trees of the forest; he planteth a bay-tree, and the rain doth nourish it.”



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