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N. iau² n. “ravine, cleft, gulf” (Category: Ravine, Pass)

⚠️N. iau², n. “ravine, cleft, gulf” (Category: Ravine, Pass)
N. iau¹ “corn, *cereal crop”

A noun in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “ravine, cleft, gulf” derived from the root ᴹ√YAG “yawn, gape” from primitive ᴹ✶yagwē (Ety/YAG).

Neo-Sindarin: I’d avoid this word for purposes of Neo-Sindarin, as it is easily confused with N. iau “corn” and has a number of other better-known alternatives like S. “gulf” and S. cirith “ravine, cleft”.

Reference ✧ Ety/YAG ✧ iau “ravine, cleft, gulf”



Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶yagwē > iau [jagwē] > [jagwe] > [jaɣwe] > [jaɣw] > [jaw] > [jau] ✧ Ety/YAG