leigh- / Indo-European roots

Examples of words with the root leigh-: anilingus, cunnilingus, electuary, lecher, lichen, lick.


To lick.

Oldest form *leig̑h-, becoming *leigh- in centum languages.
1. electuary, lekvar, lichen from Greek leikhein, to lick.
2. Zero-grade form *ligh-.
a. lick from Old English liccian, to lick;
b. lecher from Old French lechier, to live in debauchery. Both a and b from Germanic *likkōn.
3. Nasalized zero-grade form *li-n-gh-. anilingus, cunnilingus from Latin lingere, to lick.

[Pokorny leig̑h- 668.]

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