E 0131A BYSSUS

The word " byssus " is, via Latin, of Greek origin .

H 0294 ץ ו ב

Concept of root :fine white cloth

Hebrew word

pronunciation

English meanings

ץ ו ב

buts

fine white cloth

Related English words

byssus

Comparison between European words and Hebrew

Languages

Words

Pronunciation

English meanings

Similarity in roots

Hebrew

ץ ו ב

buts

fine white cloth

b u ts

Greek

βυσσος

bϋssos

fine linen

b u ss

English

byssus

byssus

b y ss

 

 

Proto-Semitic *BUTS --- *BÜSS-OS Greek

 

 

There is always the possibility that such a word has been loaned from one language into the other. In general from Semitic into Greek, if the Semites were the ones to introduce a special kind of fine cloth to the Greeks. There seems to be no knowledge about this. So the similarity may well be based on a common origin. The fact that Hebrew uses TS and Greek SS makes this even more probable.

 

English " byssus " is fine linen cloth , as in Greek .

 

Note:
  • Proto-Semitic. The same root is seen in Aramaic and Syriac "ב ו ץ א , buts'" . Akkadian has "būtsu= fine linen". This root may have existed in Proto-Semitic : "*ב ו ץ , B W TS".

 

Note:
  • Indo-European. We have no indications from outside Greek that would help to make a hypothesis for Indo-European. And some Greek scholars say the word may come from Ancient Egyptian, though there it might also have meant "cotton".

 

 

 

 

 
Created: Tuesday 6 November 2007 at 22.30.54 Updated: 10/10/2012 at 17.53.08