Re: [tied] snake, naga

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 17470
Date: 2003-01-08

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Subject: [tied] snake, naga

> na_ga means snake.
> Was the possibility of the words, 'snake' and 'na_ga' being cognate
> discussed on the list? In what messages? Thanks.

Yes, several times, but the messages are difficult to locate. I've found this one, but there's more somewhere:

In brief, Old Indic <na:ga-> may be related to Eng. naked via PIE *nogW- 'naked', cf. Skt. nagna-), but <snake> (< *snak-o:n) is an agent noun derived from a Germanic verb root meanig 'creep, crawl, glide', without clear external connections.