ᴱ√KAŊA root. “weave, twine”
A root appearing in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s as ᴱ√KANGA “weave” with various derivatives of similar meaning (QL/45), but the actual root probably had medial Ŋ as with ᴱ√KAŊA “twine” appearing later in that same document (QL/98). There are a number of probably-related forms in the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon starting with either cang- or cing-, such as G. cang “tangled”, G. cingra “plaited”, and G. cing(win) “spider” (GL/25-26). There are no signs of this root in Tolkien’s later writing, but I think it is worth positing a Neo-Eldarin root ᴺ√KANGA “tangle” to salvage various Gnomish words having to do with tangles and confusion.
References ✧ QL/45, 98