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ᴱQ. qiltasse n. “(em)broidery” (Category: Adornment (personal))

A noun appearing as ᴱQ. qiltasse “(em)broidery” in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s under the early root ᴱ√QILI¹ (QL/77). It also appeared with the gloss “broidery” in the contemporaneous Poetic and Mythological Words of Eldarissa (PME/77).

Neo-Quenya: The initial element of this word looks suspiciously like quilta “belt”, so I suspect that the meaning of this word might originally have been an abstract noun meaning “belted with decorative elements”, influenced by the sense “embellish” of the verb quilya-. I therefore retain this word but with this slightly different etymology, and then assume it went on to influence the meaning of other words like quilin “adorned, (orig.) bright-coloured” and quilinoitë “[em]broidered”.

References ✧ PME/77; QL/77



Phonetic Developments

ᴱ√QILI¹ > qiltasse [kʷiltassē] > [kʷiltasse] ✧ QL/77