ᴱ√ILI¹ root. “shine oily”
A root in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s glossed “shine oily” with derivatives like ᴱQ. ilma/G. ilm “oil” and ᴱQ. ilin (ilim-) “milk” (QL/42; GL/50). The sense “oil” seems to have been transferred to a new primitive form ✶mḷgo in the 1920s (PE13/139). However, ᴱQ. ilin (ilim-) “milk” remains the only Elvish word for “milk”, and I think it is worthwhile to preserve this word by assuming the existence of a Neo-Eldarin root ᴺ√ILIM of this meaning. The root ᴱ√ILI might have reemerged in a 1968 note as √LIP “oil” as suggested by Wynne, Smith and Hostetter, but this new root had no derivatives given (VT44/15, 20 note #7).
Reference ✧ QL/42 ✧ “shine oily”