RU 1265ááááááááá goley

H 0360áááááááááá áה ל ג

Concept of root : undressing, nakedness

Hebrew word


English meanings

ה ל ג

ה ל ג ו

ה ל ג נ




to undress;


to undress, become naked

Related English words


Comparison between European words and Hebrew




English meanings

Similarity in roots


ה ל ג;

ה ל ג ו;

ה ל נ ג




to undress; undressing; to undress, become naked

g . l .




naked, bare

g . l .




Proto-Semitic *GALÀ --- *GOLJ Slavic < *GŎLW- Indo-European



In Germanic and Latin, which use the same root in some words, the meaning of nakedness is not present or not felt as such.


  • Hebrew uses this word mostly in the figurative sense and intensive form, as shown in the entry E 0376 (Hebrew 0361) . But also the basic form of this entry is there, to offer us this special similarity with Russian.


  • Proto-Semitic. In Semitic, the two consonant root " G . L . " is used to express and is at the basis of many concepts. It is not easy to establish a common base for these messages. One of them is that of " to uncover". In the narrow meaning of " to undress, be(come) naked", which is the common ground with Russian , it is linked to that of " to uncover", that is also found in Phoenician "ג ל י , G L Y " ., and Aramaic "ג ל א , G L Aleph ". It has a probable cognate in Arabic "jala = he unveiled" ( as often with an initial J instead of G ). The Hebrew root of this entry probably existed as such in Proto-Semitic: "*ג ל ה , G L H ( accentuated vowel) ".


  • Indo-European. The Russian word "golәy", coming from Slavic "*golŭ", is considered a development out of an Indo-European "*galw-os", together with a Czech "*golj". It has a sister word in Polish "goł". Without information from other groups of languages the vowel " A " remains uncertain and a "*G Ŏ LW" possible. There is a hypothesis that these Slavic words with the meaning of "naked" would be related to Germanic words with the message of "bald", like English "callow". This word is seen in Entry E 0139 callow (Hebrew 0362). But "hairless", as in Old English "calu" is a quite different concept from "naked".


    So we will not consider the Germanic words for "callow" in our comparison.





Created: Tuesday 6 November 2007 at 22.30.54 Updated: 19/10/2012 at 14.30.49