ᴺS. [G.] ^lav- v. “to lick” (Category: to Lick)
A noun appearing as N. lhâf “lick” (with Noldorin infinitive form lhebi) in The Etymologies of the 1930s from the root ᴹ√LAB of the same meaning (Ety/LAB) where the initial initial l was unvoiced to lh as was the case in Noldorin of the 1930s.
Conceptual Development: This verb was G. lav- “lick” in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s (GL/53), clearly based on the early root ᴱ√LAVA since the unvoicing of initial l was not a feature of Gnomish in the 1910s.
Neo-Sindarin: Most Neo-Sindarin writers adapt this word as ᴺS. lav- “to lick” since the unvoicing of initial l was also not a feature of Sindarin in the 1950s and 60s.
References ✧ Ety/LAB
|lhefi||infinitive||“to lick”||✧ Ety/LAB|
|ᴹ√LAB > lhefi||[lab-] > [lav-] > [l̥av-]||✧ Ety/LAB|