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Posted: 01 August 2008 01:53 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I am wondering if the English word LECHER and the Spanish word LECHE have the same origin.
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Posted: 01 August 2008 02:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The short answer is no.  Lecher is from a Germanic root, through French lechier, ‘to lick’.  The PIE root is leigh.  Spanish leche is from the Latin lact-, ‘milk’.  The PIE root is melg-.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 02:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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No.

Spanish leche is from Latin lac (milk).

Lecher comes ultimately, via French, from Old Teutonic likkojan, to lick.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 07:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Faldy, you’d better reread your link.  Melg- is the PIE root of “milk” but not of Latin lact- (nor Greek galact-, which as you might guess is related to the Latin).

That doesn’t alter your correct answer to the original question, though.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 07:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks y’all.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 05:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Dr. Techie - 01 August 2008 07:26 AM

Faldy, you’d better reread your link.  Melg- is the PIE root of “milk” but not of Latin lact- (nor Greek galact-, which as you might guess is related to the Latin).

That doesn’t alter your correct answer to the original question, though.

Yeah, you’re right.  The PIE root is g(a)lag- or g(a)lakt-, which doesn’t have its own entry.

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