sperə- / Indo-European roots

Examples of words with the root sperə-: spoor, spur, spurn.



Oldest form *sperh2-. Zero-grade form *spr̥(ə)-.
1. spur from Old English spura, spora, spur, from Germanic suffixed form *spur-ōn-.
2. Nasalized zero-grade form *spr̥-n-ə-. spurn from Old English spurnan, spornan, to kick, strike against, from Germanic *spurnōn.
3. spoor from Middle Dutch spor, spoor, track of an animal, from Germanic suffixed form *spur-am.

[Pokorny 1. sp(h)er- 992.]

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