lemÌc. Lemizh grammar and dictionary

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to make beetles

Usage notes

The image of this word changed completely in NLem: from insects that were pests to beetles in general, and especially to harmless and beautiful ones such as ladybirds. The semantic change meant that a new word for insects was needed (especially by entomologists), so entoma was academically loaned from Koine Greek.


NLem marn‑a
LMLem, MLem marnk‑yr ‘insect, pest’
OLem marnk‑ ‘something to be squashed > insect, pest’
PLem *marnx‑ ‘clutch, squash’, nasal-infix present of
PIE *merh₂‑


Gk μάρναμαι ‘fight’, probably Eng night‑mare