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G. aibin n. “cherry (tree)” (Category: Berry)

⚠️G. aibin, n. “cherry (tree)” (Category: Berry)
ᴺS. ^aebin “cherry (tree)”

A word appearing as G. aibin “cherry tree” in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s along with a variant aibios, both cognates to ᴱQ. aipio of similar meaning (GL/18). Its initial element was from the early root ᴱ√AYA¹ having to do with reverence (QL/34), and its final elements were variants of the berry words G. pibin and G. piog (GL/64). In Gnomish Lexicon Slips the word became {ebin >>} eibin “cherry” (PE13/113), with the vowel change due to the newly introduced i-affection.

Neo-Sindarin: I would update this word to ᴺS. aebin which is more compatible with the phonetic developments of Sindarin in the 1950s and 60s, where ai become ae. I would use it for both a “cherry” and a “cherry tree”.

References ✧ GL/18; PE13/113





ᴱ√AYA¹ “honour, revere”
pibin “small berry, haw”



Phonetic Developments

ᴱ√aı̯¹ > aibin [aipin] > [aibin] ✧ GL/18