gʷen- / Indo-European roots

Examples of words with the root gʷen-: -gyne, -gynous, -gyny, banshee, gyne, gyno-, gynoecium, quean, queen, zenana.



1. Suffixed form *gwen-ā-.
a. quean from Old English cwene, woman, prostitute, wife, from Germanic *kwenōn-;
b. banshee from Old Irish ben, woman;
c. zenana from Persian zan, woman.
2. Suffixed lengthened-grade form *gwēn-i-. queen from Old English cwēn, woman, wife, queen, from Germanic *kwēniz.
3. Suffixed zero-grade form *gwn̥-ā-. gyne, -gyne, gyno-, -gynous, -gyny; gynecocracy, gynecology, gynoecium from Greek gunē, woman.

[Pokorny g̒ͧē̆nā 473.]

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