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From Old Albanian ëmbush, from Proto-Albanian *en-busa,[1] from Proto-Indo-European *bu-n-s-, nasalized weak stem of *beus- ‘to blow up, puff out, swell’ (compare Ancient Greek βυνέω (bunéō) ‘to stuff’, Old High German pfoso ‘bag’).[2]


mbush (first-person singular past tense mbusha, participle mbushur)

  1. to fill, stuff
  2. to replenish
  3. to load a gun
  4. to complete a period of time
  5. to backfill (a plant) to protect the roots
  6. (colloquial) to fulfill, comply with, satisfy

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  1. ^ Vladimir Orel, Albanian Etymological Dictionary (Leiden: Brill, 2003), 253.
  2. ^ Stefan Schumacher & Joachim Matzinger, Die Verben des Altalbanischen: Belegwörterbuch, Vorgeschichte und Etymologie (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2013), 234, 982.