Lemizh / English dictionary
to make chickens; (physics) to make quarks
The chicken is proverbial for ‘making’ something, namely eggs. mà grÌcem. ‘make/build something, like a chicken’, (where mà. can absorb an accusative object) in the sense of ‘make/build something thoroughly, consistently’ (not necessarily at high speed) is attested since Late Middle Lemizh.
< NLem grOr‑a
< LMLem, MLem gyrter‑yr
< OLem gyrter‑ ‘rooster’
< PLem *garter‑
< PIE *g̑r̥‑tér‑s, non-event agent of
PIE *g̑ar‑ ‘sound, call’
Quarks have been termed ‘chickens’ by an imaginative West Lemizh physicist allegedly because they make [up] round things such as protons and neutrons. The term has been calqued into many languages, such as Gk κότα or Br kork (< PCelt *kerkā).
Gk γῆρυς ‘voice’; but Eng care is questionable