I’m going through 365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember (which is missing October…) one month a day (or so) up to August. We’re back around to Polysemarch…
…Today I get to go in circles!
The entry for the Thorne-Alder has this section on the Arran/West Coast name for the taxonomic definition:
The Alder belongs to the family of spear-leaf trees, adavijamin, where adavi is “spear-blade” and “jamin” is “leaf”. In that family, they belong to the mainer sub-family, “mainer” meaning “grove” or “family group, tribe.”
In typical calenyen fashion, the word mainer has been borrowed and mutilated into Calenyen – raimain.
(it is a common practice, when the letters in a loan word do not quite work for Calenyen, to move letters about or repeat letters. In this case, it likely started as “ramainer” and was shortened).
So… raimain is “grove”.
And it has also come to mean those that stick together clannishly. A raimain is a clique, a tight-knit group that acts similarly.
Okay, I give up on trying to do another one of these for Old Tongue quite yet, and I want to hold off on doing something with DisMayCourse, so ON TO JUNE(me) it is.
(Sh), shenera, which can be down with the modifier -eleg (a curved shape like a sideways lower-case “c”, down on the bottom of the writing to become savera, (s).
The glyph for shenera can also mean child, as the word does, and with the modifier, savera means bastard child.
Linguists theorize that the word savera came from the word savo, birth.
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