From Middle High German erbe, from Old High German erbi, from Proto-Germanic *arbiją, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃erbʰ- (“to change ownership”). Cognate with Dutch erf (“yard”), obsolete English erf. Related with German Arbeit (“work”).
Erbe n (genitive Erbes, no plural)
- inheritance; heritage; legacy; bequest (property that is bequeathed and inherited)
- (figuratively) heritage (anything that is passed down from preceding generations, e.g. genes, values, attitudes, traditions, etc.)
Some of these derivatives may also be from erben, which see for more.
- Ahnenerbe, Kulturerbe, Naturerbe, Welterbe
- Erbgut, Erbfeind, Erbfolge, Erbland, Erblasser, Erbpacht, Erbschaft, Erbschleicher, Erbstreit, Erbsünde, erbunwürdig