Lemizh / English dictionary
to make trees
< NLem dur‑a ‘wood (material)’
< LMLem dur‑yr
< MLem duru‑yr
< OLem duru‑
< PLem *doru‑ ‘tree, wood (material)’
< PIE *dóru
The semantic change from ‘wood’ (the material) to ‘tree’ is motivated by the mythologically female nature of trees. The variant with the ‘male’ poststem, drÌt., is the modern word for the material.
The NLem word for ‘tree’ was wror‑a, which would have become (feminised) ModLem wrà., a homonym of ‘carry’.
also a doublet of drulà.
Eng tree, Gk δόρυ ‘wood, tree, spear’