gʷen-


gʷen-
Woman.
1. Suffixed form *gʷen-ā-.
a. quean, from Old English cwene, woman, prostitute, wife, from Germanic *kwenōn-;
b. banshee, from Old Irish ben, woman;
c. zenana, from Persian zan, woman.
2. Suffixed lengthened-grade form *gʷēn-i-. queen, from Old English cwēn, woman, wife, queen, from Germanic *kwēniz.
3. Suffixed zero-grade form *gʷn̥-ā-. -gyne, gyno-, -gynous, -gyny; gynecocracy, gynecology, gynoecium, from Greek gunē, woman.
 
[Pokorny gᵘ̯ē̆nā 473.]

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Universalium. 2010.


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