Saturday, 15 July 2017

fight and ctenophore

pelagic ctenophore
benthic ctenophore
Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- "to pluck the hair" in the extended form *peḱt- became Proto-Germanic *feχtan "to fight" and English fight.

The zero-grade form *pḱt-en- became Greek κτείς, κτενός kteis, ktenos "comb", borrowed into English in ctenophore, the comb jelly.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Kamasutra and hymen

The kama of kamasutra is from Sanskrit कामः kāmaḥ "wish, desire, love", cognate with whore.

sutra is from Sanskrit सूत्रं sūtraṁ "thread" and "any work or manual consisting of strings of such rules hanging together like threads", from Proto-Indo-European *syuH- "to bind, sew" in the variant suffixed form *sū-tro-.

The suffixed form *syuH-men became Greek ὑμήν humēn "thin skin, membrane", borrowed into English as hymen.