>A sacred grove perhaps, like Latin <nemus>? The obvious problem is that the latter is an -es/os-stem expressing the result of *nem- 'to deal out, distribute, divide' etc., not a thematic noun. But we have it also in <Nemausus> 'Ni^mes' (which has retained its Gaulish accent).
> --- In email@example.com, "Brian M. Scott" <BMScott@> wrote:
> > At 9:19:31 PM on Thursday, January 7, 2010, dgkilday57
> > wrote:
> > [...]
> > >>> In <himilizzi> usw. the Gmc. suffix *-itja apparently
> > >>> functions as a collective, parallel to its use in OE
> > >>> <Elmet> 'Elmwood' (cf. Kluge, Nom. Stammb. 2. Aufl. 36).
> > I meant to address this before. My understanding is that
> > the OE name is borrowed from Brit. *Elmet- (whence <Elfed>,
> > the name of a cantref in Dyfed), and that Hamp at some point
> > suggested that a Brit. *lim(-e:ton) 'elm-grove' might be
> > involved.
> That would be -e:ton as in Nem-eton?
> If yes, what is a nem-?
> Anybody suggest a connection with the -iþi names?More on those issues later ...