Ilk. breth n. “(beech) mast, *beech nut” (Category: Nut)

Ilk. breth n. “(beech) mast, *beech nut” (Category: Nut)

A word for “mast” developed from the primitive form ᴹ✶b’rethā or *✶berethā (Ety/BERÉTH), because in Ilkorin unstressed initial syllables reduced to favored clusters. It seems this word referred to “beech nuts” rather than the mast of a ship, perhaps generalized to all kinds of forest nuts, as in the Old English word “mæst”. The normal Ilkorin word for “beech tree” is galbreth or neldor.

Reference ✧ Ety/BERÉTH ✧ “beech-mast”


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Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶b’rethā > breth [berétʰā] > [berétʰa] > [brétʰa] > [bréθa] > [bréθ] ✧ Ety/BERÉTH