Maybe "slime." And Genesis is on their side. I got some new "clay" words that fit, so I fashioned this new "MUD" entry from a rib or side of the "DEMOCRAT" entry.I had to bring this to your attention, or Here's "MUD" in your eye.
A-dumb-AH אדמה[DM àMD]
ROOTS:MUD has no Indo-European (IE) "root." Middle Low German mudde and Middle Dutch moddemean "thick mud." Proto Indo-European theorists want to remove the D from Germanic with a theoretical M-vowel word meaning "wet" or "dirty." But Greek mydos is "damp."
To cover any M-D dampness, reverse to Dalet-Mem. דם DahM is translated as juice, extract, wine (Genesis 49:11) or blood (Genesis 9:6). דמעDeM[A] isa tear (from weeping)or juice(Exodus 22:28).More nasal-dental moisture at "MEAD" and "MOIST."
But a drier, more down-to-earth source for MUD is reversing the Dalet-Mem core of אדמהADaMaH (ground, earth, soil, land). Man orאדם ADaM is formed "of the dust of the ground " in Genesis2:7.
Man, thy name is mud.
The daughters of Eve would agree that some wet and dirty stuff was involved.
One can stand orעמד[A]hMahD (I Kings 1:2) on אדמהADaMaH, as one can run orרץRahTS (see "RACE") on ארץAReTS (dry land -- see "EARTH").
BRANCHES:An IE “root” for this marshy earth term might be the "root" dan (low ground). DANISH and DEN are traced to IE “root” dan.
Dan and אדמהADaMaH (earth, ground) ought to link up with words like dam (earth for the Kiowa Indians), din (ground in Thai), tanah (ground in Malay), tian (field in Chinese) and timani (mainland in Eskimo). In Saami, the Uralic language of Lapland, land or earth is aednan.In Latvian, duna is a mass of moist earth or mud.
The kind of soil to evoke an image of fashioning a shape would be like clay.
RW adds that Arabic "clay" is teen (a shifted Dalet-Mem/D-M).Chinese "mire" is reversed to nitu.Japanese "clay," nendo, reverses our Dalet-Mem/D-M but does not shift the dental.
We need not get stuck in the MUD, sinceאדמהADaMaHmeans the wider "earth," not just "ground" or "soil."Nasalize that MUD and one gets French monde (world), and Italian, Spanish and Tagalog mundo (world). אדמה ADaMaH (earth), even if spun on its axis, makes a fine source for these words and for the IE “root” mundus ("women’s cosmetics, also world"). The American Heritage Dictionary (AHD) adds for this source of MUNDANE (worldly), “Latin noun of unknown origin; possibly from Etruscan.”
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