ᴹ√GAT root. “*catch”
An unglossed root in The Etymologies of the 1930s with derivatives like ᴹQ. atsa “claw, catch, hook” and N. gad- “catch” (Ety/GAT), so probably meaning something like “catch”. It is not clear whether this root remained valid in Tolkien’s later writing.
Reference ✧ Ety/GAT