welə- / Indo-European roots

Examples of words with the root welə-: berdache, Valhalla, Valkyrie, vulnerable.


To strike, wound.

Oldest form *welh2-.
1. Suffixed o-grade form *wol(ə)-o-.
a. Valhalla from Old Norse Valhöll, Valhalla;
b. Valkyrie from Old Norse Valkyrja, "chooser of the slain" name of one of the twelve war goddesses (-kyrja, chooser; see geus-). Both a and b from Old Norse valr, the slain in battle, from Germanic *walaz.
2. Suffixed basic form *welə-nes-. vulnerable from Latin vulnus (stem vulner-), a wound.
3. Suffixed zero-grade form *wl̥ə-to-. berdache from Old Iranian *varta- (Avestan varəta-), seized, prisoner.

[In Pokorny 8. u̯el- 1144.]

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