njawilliams at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 18:18:26 GMT 2009
Padel says that the form *knowen 'nut tree' occurs in Lhuyd, 51c,
gwedhan knyfan glossing corylus 'an hasel-tree' and 74a, kynyphan
frenk glossing juglans 'a wall-nut'.
Padel's *knowen is his own reconstructed form, which he derives from
Lhuyd's knyfan, kynyphan. But Lhuyd is careful not to call knyfan 'nut-
tree'. Nut tree is gwedhan knyfan, according to Lhuyd.
So we can deduce that:
1. *knowen is not attested as such;
2. it means 'nut/hazel-nut', not 'nut tree'.
Since the hazel (Corylus avellana) was the only indigenous nut-tree
in Britain and Ireland, 'nut' = hazel.
Juglans (walnut) is common in SE Europe (indeed I recently dined
in an outdoor restaurant in Budapest under two walnut trees) but is
not native further north.
On 26 Du 2009, at 18:05, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> That's where it is according to Padel CPNE.
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