pneu- / Indo-European roots

pneu-

To breathe.

Imitative root.
1. sneeze from Old English fnēosan, to sneeze, from Germanic *fneu-s-.
2. snore, snort from Old English fnora, sneezing, from Germanic *fnu-s-.
3. apnea, dipnoan, dyspnea, eupnea, hyperpnea, hypopnea, polypnea, tachypnea from Greek pnein, to breathe, with o-grade nouns pnoiā, -pnoia, breathing, and pnoē, breath.
4. Suffixed form *pneu-mn̥. pneuma, pneumatic, pneumato-, pneumo-; amphiuma from Greek pneuma, breath, wind, spirit.
5. Germanic variant root *fnes-. sneer from Old English fnǣran, to snort, gnash one's teeth.

[Pokorny pneu- 838.]



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