N. falf n. “foam, breaker” (Category: Wave, Surge)
A noun in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “foam, breaker” derived from the root ᴹ√PHAL “foam” (Ety/PHAL).
Conceptual Development: An obvious precursor to this word is G. falm “a breaker, a wave” from the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s, derived from the early root ᴱ√fal- (GL/33); in Noldorin/Sindarin the final -m would become -f [-v]. Given the gloss “breaker” from The Etymologies, it seems likely that N. falf can also be used for a “wave”, much like its Quenya cognate Q. falma.
Reference ✧ Ety/PHAL ✧ “foam, breaker”
|ᴹ√PHAL/PHÁLAS > falf||[pʰalma] > [ɸalma] > [falma] > [falm] > [falv]||✧ Ety/PHAL|
References ✧ GL/33; LT1A/Falman
|ᴱ√fal-¹ > falm||[ɸalma] > [falma] > [falm]||✧ GL/33|