Saturday, 27 March 2010

loot and rouble

loot is from Hindi लूट lūṭ, related to Sanskrit लोप्त्र loptra "stolen property, plunder" from lup "to seize" from Proto-Indo-European *reup- "to snatch".

According to the AHD, the root became Old Russian rupiti "to chop, hew", then rublĭ "cut, piece (probably originally a piece cut from a silver bar)", then Russian рубль rubl' "rouble".

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