swesor- / Indo-European roots

Examples of words with the root swesor-: cousin, sister, sororal, sororicide, sorority.



Perhaps originally a compound of s(w)e- and *esōr, woman, so literally "woman of one's own kin group" in an exogamous society.
1. Zero-grade form *swesr-.
a. sister from Old English sweostor, sister, and Old Norse systir, sister, both from Germanic *swestr-;
b. suffixed form *swesr-īno-. cousin from Latin sobrīnus, maternal cousin.
2. sororal, sorority; sororicide from Latin soror, sister.

[Pokorny su̯esor- 1051.]

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