GR 1159ááááááááá EANOS

H 0155áááááááááá áג נ ע

Concept of root : adorn

Hebrew word


English meanings

ג נ ע



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Comparison between European words and Hebrew




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ג נ ע



‛a n g




splendid cloak or female dress

e a n



Proto-Semitic *‛ANOG --- *EAN-OS Greek



This entry deals with what may be the same root found in number E 0419 (Hebrew 0154).


To suppose a common origin is an audacious shot. This Greek word has an unknown etymology. It also expresses softness and suppleness of dress and was used specifically for female dressing of adorning kinds.


  • Greek and Hebrew. The double vowel of Greek "eanos" and the "ayin+vowel" of Hebrew "'oneg" may be in harmony with each other. We should not forget that the choice of the vowel, A or O, does not mean a different root. The basic form of Hebrew "‛oneg" is still "‛anag". The difference remains in the third consonant in Hebrew, the "G", that has been used to specify the meaning of "to please, adorn". This choice may have been suggested by the existing word in Hebrew "nagÓ" that says splendid , lucent!


  • Hebrew "‛oneg" also indicates delicateness and even a spoiling effect. All typical for older ideas about adornments and splendid clothes for women. But an identical root talks about pleasure-seeking. It is possible that the two concepts have been expressed by people using one and the same root. In the sense of this entry it is found only in Hebrew.


  • Proto-Semitic. A root "ע נ ג" is used in Jeremiah 6.2 as an epitheton for Zion, translated as "full of desire", but also as "lovely, pleasing" . Isaiah 13.22 speaks of "voluptuous palaces" or "palaces of pleasure" and in Isaiah 58,13 the Sabbath is defined as a "delight" or "diversion". The root is also used in Aramaic and Arabic and Proto-Semitic may well have used it as such : "*ע נ ג, Ayin N G " , though the exact use remains not clearly defined.





Created: Tuesday 6 November 2007 at 22.30.54 Updated: 01/10/2012 at 16.21.48