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Middle Primitive Elvish


root. *clean

This root appeared as unglossed ᴱ√POYO in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s with derivatives like ᴱQ. poika “clean, tidy” and ᴱQ. poita- “cleanse” (QL/75). It also had derivatives in the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon such as G. puictha- “clean, wipe out; condone, do away with, pardon, forgive” and G. puig “clean, neat, tidy” (GL/64). It reappeared as unglossed ᴹ√POY in The Etymologies of the 1930s with derivatives like ᴹQ. poika/N. puig “clean” (Ety/POY).


  • ᴹ✶poikā “clean, pure” ✧ Ety/POY
    • ᴹQ. poika “clean, pure, clean, pure, [ᴱQ.] tidy” ✧ Ety/POY
    • N. puig “clean, tidy, neat” ✧ Ety/POY
  • ᴹQ. poinesse “?cleanliness”
  • ᴺQ. poita- “to cleanse, *clean”
  • ᴺS. puida- “to clean, tidy, cleanse, purify”
  • ᴺS. puidh “wash, cleaning”
  • ᴺS. puiga- “to clean, wash”
Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/POY] Group: Eldamo. Published by