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N. gath n. “cavern” (Category: Cave)

⚠️N. gath, n. “cavern” (Category: Cave)
S. rond “(vaulted or arched) roof; vaulted chamber or cavern; heavens [as a roof of the world]”

A noun in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “cavern” derived from the root ᴹ√GAT(H), an element in the name N. Doriath “Land of the Cave” (Ety/GAT(H)). In later writings S. Doriath was redefined as “Land of the Fence” with final element S. iath “fence” (WJ/370), so N. gath “cavern” was probably abandoned.

Reference ✧ Ety/GAT(H) ✧ “cavern”

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Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶gattā > gath [gattā] > [gatta] > [gattʰa] > [gaθθa] > [gaθθ] > [gaθ] ✧ Ety/GAT(H)