Tuesday, 24 February 2009

menhir and soiree

Proto-Indo-European *seh₁-ro- (*seh₁- "long, late", with a *-ro- suffix) became Breton hir "long". This combined with maen "stone" to form maen-hir "long stone". English menhir is borrowed from French, borrowed from the Breton word.

Maen "stone" is from Proto-Indo-European *meǵ- "great" (OED).

*seh₁-ro- became Latin sērum "late hour", then French soirée "evening, evening party".

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