[b-hebrew] The root CN and the word CINCENET

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Thu Aug 30 12:20:17 EDT 2007


The Hebrew word CINCENET, 'basket', is from the doubled root CN. This  
root is a member of the root family DN, ZN, TN, SN, CN, $N. From the  
root $N Hebrew derives the word $EN, 'tooth', and from CN it derives  
the word CEN or CNIN, 'thorn, a plat tooth', see Numbers 33:55
לְשִׂכִּים בְּעֵינֵיכֶם  
וְלִצְנִינִם בְּצִדֵּיכֶם
Doubling SN, Hebrew produces the word SANSAN, 'branch, tooth-like  
leaf, bough, bunch-stem', see Songs 7:9
אָמַרְתִּי אֶעֱלֶה בְתָמָר אֹחֲזָה  
Thus a CINCENET is possibly a SINSENET, a container made of SANSANIM,  
a kind of raphia work. It is possible that ZAN, from the root ZN  
means also 'a plant, a stalk', and that the present ZANIM SHONIM is  
merely 'different plants', and by analogy 'different sorts', see also  
2 chronicles 16:14
בְּשָׂמִים וּזְנִים, מְרֻקָּחִים  
בְּמִרְקַחַת מַעֲשֶׂה
Related to the root CN is the root QN, from which Hebrew derives the  
words KANEH, 'reed, stalk' as in Isaiah 19:6
קָנֶה וָסוּף קָמֵלוּ
[SUF is a variant of S(IP], and KANAH, 'plant, sapling', as in Psalms  
פְקֹד גֶּפֶן זֹאת וְכַנָּה אֲשֶׁר- 
נָטְעָה יְמִינֶךָ
Also the word *QANQAN, 'pitcher'.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

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