Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 08:54:59 -0800 From: Allen Maberry Subject: Re: etymology: 'negro', 'necro' Lynne wrote: > well, first of all, _necro_ or _nekros_ is greek for 'corpse'. the > latin for death is usually _mors_ (and for corpse is _cadaver_). i > can't tell from the american heritage whether _nekros_ and _niger_ > (latin for 'black') have the same IE source, since it doesn't seem to > give a source for _niger_. > I checked a few works on IE and found the root of the Greek nekros to be *nek-s which is cognate with the Latin nex, necis "violent death" and is found in the verbs neco and noceo (Frisk. Griechisches etymologisches Woerterbuch. Heidelberg, 1960-) A long entry on the Latin niger (Walde. Lateinisches etymologisches Woerterbuch. Heidelberg, 1938-1956) listed the etymology as uncertain and cited several theories, none connected with the Greek nekros or the IE *nek-s. Allen maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]