ցելում

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *sḱel-. Cognate with Lithuanian skélti (to cleave, split), Old Norse skilja (to part, separate), Ancient Greek σκάλλω (skállō, stir up, hoe), Latin sculpo (carve, engrave), Russian щель (ščelʹ), Hittite [script?] (iškallāi-, to break, rend). The word is also attested as meaning “to flash”, which can refer to the sky being “rent”, or may just be an alternative form of ցոլամ (cʿolam). See also քաղեմ (kʿałem) and ցեղ (cʿeł).

Verb[edit]

ցելում (cʿelum)

  1. (transitive) to rend, to break, to split, to cleave, to cut, to divide lengthways
  2. (intransitive) to be torn, rent; to be split, cloven
    ցելաւ յերկուսcʿelaw yerkus — it was rent in twain

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References[edit]

  • ցելում in Mathias Bedrossian (1879), New Dictionary Armenian–English, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • ցել in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University