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Reconstruction:Proto-Indo-European/gerh₂-

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This Proto-Indo-European entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

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Proto-Indo-EuropeanEdit

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*gerh₂-

  1. to cry hoarsely
  2. crane

Usage notesEdit

The widespread use of this root to mean "crane" is probably derived from its meaning "to cry hoarsely", based on the crane's characteristic cry. The crane lives all over Eurasia, and was obviously known by Proto-Indo-Europeans. The word, however, does not exist in Indo-Iranian, which may be due to a lot of names for animals and birds being borrowed from aboriginal languages of Asia in that branch.[1]

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