ROOTS: NYMPH (minor nature goddesses, lovely young woman) and NYMPHET (sexually attractive girl) is from Greek numphe (nymph, bride), which is allegedly from the reconstructed Indo-European (IE(“root” sneubh (to marry).
נאוף NeeOOPH (adultery, idolatry - Hosea2:4; Jeremiah3:9); נואף NoaAyPH and נאפתNoaEPHeT means male and female adulterer or harlot (Leviticus20:10). The נ-א-פ Noon-Aleph-Phey term of sexy young things is nasalized with an extra M.Even the fantasy IE "root" requires adding that nasalized M.
נאוה N’AhVaH means beautiful (Jeremiah6:2), and woman (Psalms68:13).See “FAN” for N-F beauty that extends from scenery to an ancient vamp named NEFRETITI.
The חנףK[H]a NeF, (impious flatterer, seducer )adds to the unsavoryaspect ofנ-ףNoon-Phey people. The double-root of this needy personality is unpacked below.
The built-in synonym by reversal is פנהPaNaH, turn to (Leviticus 19:4).Obviously the text here is prohibiting veneration and regard for idols, not merely the "pointing towards" in the "POINT" entry.
The פ-נ Pey-Noon of turning to something with indulgent desire is seen in the sub-root of פנג PaNahG (to indulge, pamper, tender, savory, even "sweetcake" in Ezekiel 27:17 ) andפנקPaNaiQ (treated with affection, indulged in -- Aramaic-Syriac)… source of FINICKY.
BRANCHES: Given cognates include CONNUBIAL, NUBILE and NUPTIAL. Again Western culture is associating marriage with sexual desire.In Hebrew culture there is an "erotic" tie-in to a word for engagement, but not for marriage. See "EROS."
Note the identical feminine suffix, English -ET andEdenic Tahf / -eT in the captioned terms above.
NYMPHOMANIA (excessive sexual desire in women) infers a less pristine etymon than the Greek bride.
(Please note that I did not detract from the dignity of these posts with a phrase like, "big fat Greek bride.")
The Japanese ninfu (nymph) should be a borrowing, but bijin (pretty girl) reverses to a fineנ-ףNoon-Phey derivative.A nasalized, reverse of the פ-נ
Phey-Noon root of pointing towards and desiring, of partiality,appears to be directing the lust here – see “POINT.”Perhaps this is why PINING for, or possible PANTING after (desire, yearning for) sounds like POINT.
Slavic mistresses are often P-N objects of desire, like the Czech pani and the poini in Lithuanian.
Reversing to N-P, חנףK[H]aNaPH is the flattery and fawning of a sycophant who craves favor.ח-נ-ף Het-Noon-Phey could be broken down thusly:חן
Het-Noon is grace or favor; נ-ףNoon-Phey is the root of "panting after" that drives this entry.
Reversed to פ-נPhey-Noon, this better addresses the “phant ” of SYCOPHANT.Dictionaries trace this element to Greek phainein, to show(from פניםPaNiM, visage) in the belief that sycophant meant a “fig shower.”
(Please do not laugh at Semitically-challenged etymologies. Remember that these are sincere scholars doing the best they can under the limitations of their fanatic devotion to Eurocentrism.)
For P-N visibility, see “PANE.”
More bilabial-nasal, nasal-bilabial lust at “BONNY.”
Reversing נ-ףNoon-Phey to a bilabial-nasal of VENAL desires leads us to words that the American Heritage Dictionary files under the "root" wen -1 (to desire, strive for).These include VENERATE, VENEREAL, VENERY, VENISON, VENUS, WEN, WIN, WINSOME and WONT.
VENOM is there too, allegedly from a Latin word for love potion.(So beware, love could be fatal.)
WANT and VEND are not here, but perhaps they could be.
The AHD does cite Sanskrit vanijah, merchant, as one desiring profit. (Sanskrit is Indo-European).
World cognates like Filipino punyagi (desire) or Korean won원 (desire) are not wanted