Re: [tied] Sarasvati River

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 7426
Date: 2001-05-30

We've discussed it before. The suffix -va(n)t- (feminine -vati: < *-wnt-ih2) means "rich in, having a lot of". The most likely base seems to be the PIE s-neuter *sel-os/*sel-es- 'marshy lake, pond, pool'. I also considered *ser-es- 'flow, current' as a possibility, but the former name apparently describes the historical Sarasvati much better and I agree it's preferable as an analysis.
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Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 5:29 PM
Subject: [tied] Sarasvati River

What does "Sarasvati" mean if treated as a Sanksrit word?