Rhine

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Etymology[edit]

Late Old English Rīn, from Middle High German, ultimately Proto-Germanic *Rīnaz, Gaulish Rēnos, from a proto- or pre-Celtic *Reinos; one of a class of river names built from the root rei- "to move, flow, run" (Latin rivus "river"), in Celtic with an -n- suffix as in Old Irish rīan "sea" (more at run).[1] The spelling with Rh- is due to the influence of Ancient Greek Ῥῆνος ‎(Rhênos) (via French Rhin).

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Proper noun[edit]

the Rhine

  1. A river that flows through Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

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  1. ^ Julius Pokorny (1959), Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, in 3 vols, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, volume , page 326] etymon 3. er- : or- : r- 'to move, set in motion' (laryngealistic reconstruction as "*h₁reiH").