L i b ra 26 : A n e ag le a n d a l arg e whi t e dov e t u r ni n g i nt o t he ot h er T h e w o r d e a gl e d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e M i d d l e E n g l i s h e g l e , t h e O ld P r o v e n ç a l a i g l a , a n d t h e Latin Aquila.

1 Specifically it is “any of various l a r g e d i u r n a l b i r d s o f p r e y o f t he f a m i l y A c c i p i t r i d a e , i n c l ud i n g m e m b e r s o f t h e g e n e r a A q ui l a a n d H a l ia e et u s , c h a r a ct e r i z e d b y a p o we r f u l h o o k e d b i l l, k e e n v i si o n , l o n g b r o a d w i n g s, a n d st r o n g s o a r i n g f l i g ht . ” 2 T h e w o r d l a rg e d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e O l d F r e n c h la r g e " b r oa d , w i d e , " f r o m L a t i n l a rgu s "a b u n d a n t , c o p i o u s , p l e n t i f u l, l i b e r a l. ” 3 T h e w o r d w hi t e de s c e n d s f r o m t he I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) ro o t kw ei t w h i c h m e a n s “ w h i t e , t o s h i n e . ” 4 P a r o n y m s i n c l u d e wh e at , b i s m u t h,

e de l we i s s, wh it i n g ( a f o o d f i s h) , a n d wi t l o o f .
T h e w o r d d o ve h e re r e f e r s t o “ a n y o f v a r i o u s w i d e l y d i s t r i b u t e d b i r d s o f t h e f a mi l y C o l u m b i d a e , w h i c h i n c lu d e s t h e p i g e on s, ha v i n g a s ma l l h e a d a n d a c h a r a c t e r i s t i c c o o i n g c a l l. ” O t h e r me a n i n g s i n c l u d e a g e n t l e , i n n o ce n t p e r s on a n d a p e r s on w h o a dv o c a t e s p e a c e , c o n c i l i a t i o n , a n d n e g o t i a t i on i n p r e fe r e n c e t o a r me d c on f l i c t o r c on f r o n t a t i o n . 5 T h e w o r d i t s e l f d e s c e n d s f r om t h e M i d d l e E n g l i s h do u ve i a n d t h e O l d E n g l i s h du f e. A s e c o n d m e a n i n g o f d ov e i s a s t h e p a s t t e n s e o f t h e ve r b ‘ d i v e . ’ T h i s m e a n i n g d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e I E r o ot d he ub - w h i c h m e a n s “ d e e p , h o ll o w . ” I t s p a r on y m s i n c l ud e de e p, dep t h, di p, p yt ho n, t yp h on , a n d t h e n a m e

Donald.
T h e w o r d t u rn i s on e o f se v e r a l d e r i va t i v e s o f t h e IE r o ot t e re -1 , “ t o r u b , t u r n . ” A m o n g i t s p a r o n y m s a r e t he w o r d s a t re si a ( t he a b se n ce o r c l o s u r e o f a n o r m a l b o d y o r i f i c e o r t ub u l a r p a s s a g e ) , at to rn e y, a t t rit i on ,
1 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/eagle 2 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/eagle 3 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/large 4 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 45 5 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/dove Starling Hunter © 2011 1

c o n t o u r, c o n t rit e, de t o u r, di at ri be , dre dge ( t o co a t f o o d b y s p r i n k l i n g
w i t h a p o w d e r , s u ch a s f l o u r o r s u g a r) , dri l l , ret u rn , t h ra s h , t h re a d,

t h re s h , t ra u m a, t rit e , a n d t ro ut . 6
T h e w o r d o t h er d e s c e n d s f r o m t he r oo t a l -1 w h i c h m e a n s “ b e y o n d ” a n d f r o m w h i c h a l s o d e s ce n d t h e w o r d s a l a rm,

a l e rt, a l l i gat o r, voil a , a lt e r, a l te rc a te , a l t e rna t e, a lt ru i s m, a du l t e ry, e l se , E l dri t c h, a l ia s, a l ien , a li bi , a l l e go ry, a n d p a ra l l e l .
TH EMES : r e l a t i on s h i p between the T h e m os t o b v i o us s e ma n t i c here e ag le is (a the d i c h ot o m y war, symbol of

s t r e n g t h, d e c i s i ve n e s s , sp e e d) a n d t ha t o f t h e d ov e ( a s y m b ol o f p e a c e , c o n ci l i a t i o n , a n d i n n o ce n c e ) . T h u s , t h e f i r s t t he m e i s WA R & PEACE . A s s h o w n i n t h e t a b l e b e l o w, t he k e yw o r d s a n d t h e i r p a r o n y m s r e f e r t o C REAT URES — f i s h , r e p t i l e s, s e rp e n t s, a n d m y t h o l o g i c a l . T yp h on , t he m y t h o l o g i c a l c r e a t u r e , i s a v e r y l a r g e , s t r o n g, a n d t e r ri f y i n g h y b r i d o f serpent, bird, man, and god from the underworld .7
Keyword White Turn Other Dove Dove Root Kweit (white) Tere-1 (rub, turn) Al-1 (beyond) Dheub- (deep hollow) Dheub- (deep hollow) Derivatives Whiting Trout Alligator Python Typhon

6 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 91 7 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhon Starling Hunter © 2011 2

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