Origin of English word TROPHY

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The anti-Semiticist lexicographers get mixed up here and trace TROPHY to an Indo-European “root” trep- 2 (to turn). The TRF turning words, also from  טרף DTeRePH are at DISTURB. The TROPHY here has little to do with turning, mixing or confusing, with TROPICS, TROPES or DISTURBING (see DISTURB). This entry is closer to the trophy won by atheletes or male chauvinist bridegrooms.

טרף Tet-Resh-Phey means to tear, rip, feed, food, prey and leaf. These words may seem unrelated if one doesn't follow them as the natural, animal process of getting nourishment, of winning their “trophy” in the game of life. טרף DTaRaPH is "plucked off" in Genesis 8:11 and "torn" in Genesis 37:33. In Ezekiel 17:9 it is a leaf.         TR words TEAR, TORE and TORN are thought to come from a fabricated Indo-European “root” der (to split off). Related R-P(H) words are RIP, RIVE, RIFT and RUPTURE. The TR and pieces can only fit the puzzle with a DT-R-PH root of predatory tearing. Breaking a neck  is  ערף   [A]RaPH (Exodus 13:13).

The lion is not after RAPID RAP(INE) or a mere TROPHY of conquest - his prey is his food. TROPHY is from Greek trephein (to nourish), a twin of טריף     ה HeeDTReeYPH (to feed - Proverbs 30:8). The woman of valor in Proverbs 31:15 brings טריף  DTeReF to her family. This means nourishment, not treif (unkosher food; literally, animals that have been torn apart).   More at TRIPE. A providing parent doesn't let the family ATROPHY (Greek atrophos is ill-nourished). PREDATORY animals, T-R-P(H) reversed, are unkosher.  A related violent robber by M321 or reversal of dental-liquid-bilabial is the פריץ  PaReeYTS (see PIRATE).  Similarly, there is the VULTURE among winged predators.

The built-in opposite of טרף Tet-Resh-Phey tearing apart is Tahf-Phey-Resh   תפר TaPHaR, to sew together (Genesis 3:7) -- M132, S-D.


The later   טרף DToaRaiF (predator, carnivore) is from the pouncing apon and tearing apart of prey of טרף    DTaRaF. In Genesis 38:33 (above) Jacob fears that a wild beast had attacked Joseph.  Israel had lions then, but tora makes a fine word for “tiger” in Japanese.

All this catching of prey recalls TRAP.  The guessed Indo-European “root” for TRAP is covered at TRACK.  The Old English snare is a treppe; to catch in French is attraper.

At the base of the food chain, nothing provides nourishment more than the DTeReF (leaf). Only the Edenic root explains the link between one RAPE (predatory trapping, seizing) and the other RAPE (plant of the mustard family whose leaves are used for fodder). The (T)R-PH of  Tet-Resh-Phey is only an R to L change away from לפת LeEPHeT (R APE and other ROUGHAGE). Latin rapa is a turnip. Ther has been a liquid shift since Akkadian laptu (turnip). LeePTAh is Aramaic for turnip, all vegetables eaten with bread, and an influence on later words for relish.  TURNIP resembles a nasalized טרף DTeReF or leaf .

Backwards or forwards, FOLIO or LEAF. one sees this pattern in many LEAF words. Folha is the Portuguese leaf, the French is feuille, and the Italian is foglia.  A relevant Edenic term that doubles LV is לבלב LiBHLaiBH (to bloom or blossom in   later Hebrew from Aramaic). L-P is the world’s widely common “leaf” word, seen in language superfamilies like: Nostratic and Dene-Caucasian lapa, andAmerind lap.,

From this Lamed-Bet root for botanical shoots comes the   לולב   LooLa(V), the palm brach used at Sukkot or Tabernacles.  BLADE, BLOOM, BLOSSOM, FLORA, FLOWER, FOLIAGE

-PHYLL (Greek leaf) and all bilabial-liquid botanical terms  listed at Indo-European “root” bhel- 3 (to thrive, bloom)  have roots in the Pey-Resh/PR root in PeRa[K]H, flower (see FRUCTIFY) as well as the Resh-Phey/R-PH of this leafy entry.

BL ADE (leaf) and the nasalized FROND sound like reversed, dental-liquid-bilabial offshoots of טרף  DTeReF. Rumanian frunza (leaf) is a FROND or Tet-Resh-Phey that has added a letter shift to the M321 or full reversal.

 Initially German,  Yiddish blatt  is a page because a page was a leaf.  That’s why we “turn over a new leaf.”    “Leaf” words like include blad  in Danish, Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish.  TALIPOT (from Bengali talipat) is linked to Sanskrit pattra (leaf). טרף  DTeRePH is evident here.  In Russian, where grass is trava (another DTeReF lookalike), list (leaf) resembles Maya lehtse (leaf). The end-bilabial has withered and dropped. Likewise, Estonian leht (leaf) and Finnish lehti (leaf) have only the dental-liquid of טרף DTeR eF. Closer yet to having the vestigal end-bilabial of Edenic DTeReF is drau (leaf) in Fijian.

DTeReF as a botanical trophy of food that a bird might get seems to be evident in the Germanic grape. There’s the Danish and Norwegian drue, the Dutch druif,  German Weintraube, Swedish druva and Yiddish veintroib.

Back to the bilabial-liquid of  LiBHLaiBH (to bloom or blossom in Hebrew or Aramaic), leaf is level in Hungarian, lauf in Icelandic,  lapa in Latvian, lapas in Lithuanian and allow in Malay,

RAPHE (from Greek rhaptein - to stitch together) is a like-sounding antonym of RIP, just as  TSayROOPH (joining together) is an antonym of  dental—liquid-bilabial DT-R-PH (rip).

To TEAR and RE(N)D (cognate of RIND) are TR or DR (re­versed) links to   טרף DToR(aPH) (to tear apart). Treating TEAR and RIP as nouns, note how DTeReP(H) stacks up against the words for "hole" in several related languages.

     טרף        Tet-Resh-Phey --  DT   R  PH

 Czech,  Russian                Di     Ra

French                                 T      Rou

Modern Greek                    T      Ri’Pa

Polish                                  Dziu Ra

Serbo-Croatian                    u       RuPa

Returning to plant nourishment, "grass" (pasturage) in Russian and other Slavic languages is trava. The RB or RV in the "grass" words of the 5 Romance languages makes one suspect that  the Raish-Phey/

R-PH of טרף  DTeRePH (leaf, nourishment) is behind words like HERB as well.

The AHD does not link Indo-European “root” rep (to snatch) with Indo-European “root” reup (to snatch).  German raffen is to snatch up. Cognates at the former include RAPACIOUS, RAPE, RAPID, RAPT, RAVEN (see RAVENOUS), RAVISHandSURREPTITIOUS. Cognates at the latter include ABRUPT, BANKRUPT, BEREAVE, CORRUPT, DISRUPT, ERUPT, INTER­RUPT, IRRUPT, LOOT, REAVE, RIP, ROB, ROBE and ROVER. The RIP-OFF artist or thief is a dorobo in Japanese.

Ferocity in snatching away prey allowed the REPTILE and the RAPTOR to be named after Latin “robber” terms. They were not stolen from Tet-Resh-Phey. The 321 reversals of טרף DTeRePH prove that this was neurological scrambling, not borrowing or theft.

 ROVER  is traced to Indo-European reup or reub (to snatch).  More R-PH snatching at ORPHAN.  A ROVER is a pirate. PREDATORY PIRATES and other ROBBERS engage in T-R-PH (reverse PR-D/T) rapine seen in the Resh-Phey subroot of DTeRePH (prey, etc.). 

 In German Raub is  robbery, booty, spoils. A Rauber is a RAPACIOUS robber. There is a S-B here, and the Tet has been snatched from   טרף DTeReF, to seize. 

 More two-legged predators at PIRATE and ROVE.

For the PR element of animal predators and their prey, there’s the engineered relationship between guttural-bilabial-liquid terms, the  K’PHeeYR (young lion) and the GHoaPHeR (fawn). More on these PH-R terms at CAPRICORN.

DTaRaiPH (to tear apart), [ A]hRahPH (to behead or break the neck, Exodus 13:13,  or [O]RePH (see GIRAFFE)  and, reversing to PR, P[A]’ahR (to open wide – see   PORE) establish an R-P(H)/Resh-Phey root of RIPPING seen in RIFT and RIVE. 

See THERAPY for the healing, coming together of all the RP RIPPING and RIFTS here.

Old Norse rifa (to tear) appears in the AHD's Indo-European “root” rei (to scratch, tear, cut). Cognates there include:  ARRIVE, REAP, RIFT, RIPARIAN, RIPE, RIPPLE, RIVAGE, RIVE, RIVER, and ROPE.

The IE “root” orbh (to put asunder, separate) is the given source of ORPHAN. ORPHAN ought to be a distant relative of RIP, and, ultimately, of TROPHY.  See ORPHAN.

There are TROPHY-like figurines which are ripped off or stolen by Rachel in Genesis 31:19.

These  תרפים T’RaPHeeYM (with a Tahf) are often left untranstaed as teraphim,the new JPS renders them “household idols.” Perhaps they were believed to have healing powers – see THERAPY.

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