Sunday, 9 July 2017

Kamasutra and hymen

The kama of kamasutra is from Sanskrit कामः kāmaḥ "wish, desire, love", cognate with whore.

sutra is from Sanskrit सूत्रं sūtraṁ "thread" and "any work or manual consisting of strings of such rules hanging together like threads", from Proto-Indo-European *syuH- "to bind, sew" in the variant suffixed form *sū-tro-.

The suffixed form *syuH-men became Greek ὑμήν humēn "thin skin, membrane", borrowed into English as hymen.


David Marjanović said...

What's the evidence for the *y in *syuH-?

goofy said...

There's i and y in a lot of the reflexes

David Marjanović said...

Ah, OK. Let's just hope Pokorny didn't s(cr)ew this one up.