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ᴱQ. lepsile (lepsily-) n. “tendril” (Category: Body Parts and Functions (other))

A word appearing as ᴱQ. lepsilẹ “tendril” in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s under the early root ᴱ√LEPE having to do with finger words (QL/53). The under-dotted also appears in the word ᴱQ. līnẹ under the root ᴱ√LI+ya, and so might represent a stem ending in a vocalized y, such as: *lepsilyǝ, līnyǝ > lepsilı̯-, līnı̯- > lepsile, līne.

Neo-Quenya: Since √LEP was still associated with finger words in Tolkien’s later conceptions of the languages, I’d retain ᴺQ. lepsilë “tendril” for purposes of Neo-Quenya.

Reference ✧ QL/53 ✧ lepsilẹ “tendril”


Phonetic Developments

ᴱ√LEPE > lepsilẹ [leptilē] > [leptile] > [leptsile] > [lepsile] ✧ QL/53