Monday, May 15, 2017

A Possible Etymology Of "Cannabis"

The Aramaic phrase qaneh bosm (קְנֵה-בֹשֶׂם) "cannabis" (literally "aromatic cane") may be the ultimate source of the word "Cannabis" in English. Egyptians and other Afro-Asiatic language family speakers are known to have used hemp as a fiber plant, so the sourcing has some corroboration.

More detail, with pre-Greek Minoan as a possible bridge language, here.

1 comment:

DDeden said...

kaneh: cane/tube/pipe + bosm: bless-blush-blow-blossom-balsam-basmati(fragrant rice)-smolder(incense/insecticide)-po(t)sm(oker)?