dheu- / Indo-European roots

Examples of words with the root dheu-: dead, death, dew, die, dwindle, sundew.


To flow.

a. dew from Old English dēaw, dew;
b. sundew from Middle Dutch dau, dew;
c. Germanic compound *melith-dauwaz (see melit-). a-c all from Germanic *dauwaz, dew.

[Pokorny 1. dheu- 259.]


To die.

Also dheuə- (oldest form *dheuh2-).
1. Suffixed o-grade form *dhou-to-. dead from Old English dēad, dead, from Germanic *daudaz.
2. Suffixed o-grade form *dhou-tu-. death from Old English dēath, death, from Germanic *dauthuz.
3. Suffixed o-grade form *dhow-yo-. die1 from Old Norse deyja, to die.
4. Extended zero-grade form *dhuəi-, metathesized to *dhwiə-, contracted to *dhwī-, whence suffixed form *dhwī-no-. dwindle from Old English dwīnan, to diminish, languish, from Germanic *dwīnan.

[Pokorny 2. dheu- 260.]

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