Egyptian word root √bỉȝ

🏷  Egyptian word root · etymology   —   by Gerry · Sep 2018 · 259 words

The Egyptian root √bỉȝ seems to have the basic meaning of “shininess”, also metals and mining in general, and derived meanings of being wondrous & confusing.


In its basic meaning, the root stands for valuable non-gold metals, usually taken to be copper, bronze, iron. An extended meaning is mines and mining of these metals.

bỉȝ : ore (general), metal, copper — Egyptian (TLA)

𓃀𓇋𓄿𓈅𓈞 bỉȝ : metal bronze?, iron? — Egyptian (AED)

bỉȝỉ : valuable, consisting of bronze? — Egyptian (TLA)

𓃀𓈞𓍄𓄿𓇋 bỉȝy : consisting of bronze — Egyptian (AED)

𓈞𓃀𓊌 bỉȝ : a mineral not metal — Egyptian (AED)

𓍄𓏏𓉔 bỉȝt : quartzite — Egyptian (TLA)

𓃀𓄑𓈞𓅱𓏥𓈉 bỉȝw : mining region, a mine — Egyptian (AED)

𓃀𓇋𓈞𓈉 bỉȝw : mine, mining region — Egyptian (TLA)

𓃀𓇋𓏏𓈞𓈉 bỉȝt : mining region — Egyptian (TLA)

𓃀𓇋𓏏𓈞𓈉 bỉȝt : quarry — Egyptian (AED)

𓃀𓄑𓎺𓅱𓏧 bỉȝw : the produce of a mine — Egyptian (AED)

𓃀𓄑𓎺𓅱𓏪 bỉȝw : produce of a mine — Egyptian (TLA)

𓈔𓏏𓏭𓂡𓀀 bỉȝtỉ : metal-worker — Egyptian (TLA)

Wondrous, shining

Likely derived from the shiny metals is the meaning of wondrous or marvelous, very often written with the transport sledge glyph.

𓃀𓇋𓇋𓍄𓏛 bỉȝỉ : wonder, miracle — Egyptian (AED)

𓃀𓇋𓇋𓏏𓍄 bỉȝỉ : wonder, marvel at — Egyptian (AED)

𓃀𓇋𓏏𓍄𓏛𓈓 bỉȝyt : miracles, marvels — Egyptian (AED)

𓃀𓇋𓏏𓏭𓍄𓏛𓏥 bỉȝty : miracles, marvels — Egyptian (AED)

𓃀𓇋𓎺𓄑𓇋𓇋𓏏𓏯𓏛𓏥 bỉȝyt : wonders, marvels — Egyptian (TLA)

𓃀𓇋𓎺𓅱𓍄𓏪 bỉȝw : wonders — Egyptian (TLA)

𓃀𓇋𓄿𓏏𓎺𓄑𓀁 bỉȝt : amazement, confusion — Egyptian (TLA)

The sky

Some similarly spelled words denote the sky. Some translations explain this as meteoric metals. Another possibility is that both sky and metals shine.

𓃀𓇋𓈞𓄑 bỉȝ : heaven, firmament — Egyptian (AED)

𓃀𓄑𓈞𓇋𓇋𓏏𓈉 bỉȝyt : firmament — Egyptian (AED)

bỉȝ : heaven, sky — Egyptian (TLA)

𓃀𓈞𓊌 bỉȝ : mineral of meteoric origin, ore — Egyptian (TLA)

🏷  Egyptian word root · etymology