wē- / Indo-European roots

Examples of words with the root wē-: nirvana, vent, ventail, ventilate, weather, wind, window, wing.


To blow.

Oldest form *h2weh1-, becoming *wē after loss of initial laryngeal and compensatory lengthening of vowel from loss of final laryngeal.
1. Suffixed shortened form *we-dhro-. weather from Old English weder, weather, storm, wind, from Germanic *wedram wind, weather.
2. Suffixed (participial) form *wē-nt-o-, blowing.
a. (i) wind1 from Old English wind, wind; (ii) window from Old Norse vindr, wind. Both (i) and (ii) from Germanic *windaz;
b. vent1, ventail, ventilate; aventail from Latin ventus, wind.
3. wing from Middle English wenge, wing, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse vængr, wing, from suffixed Germanic form *wē-ingjaz.
4. Basic form *wē-. nirvana from Sanskrit vāti (stem *vā-), it blows.

[Pokorny 10. au̯(e)- 81.]

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