English translation (word)
English translation (etymon)
Βρέφος : παρὰ τὸ εἰς φῶς βεβηκέναι· ἢ παρὰ τὸ φέρβω, τὸ τρέφω, φέρβος, καὶ τροπῇ τοῦ φ εἰς β καὶ ‹τοῦ β εἰς φ καὶ› ἐν ὑπερβιβασμῷ τοῦ ρ βρέφος· ‹ἢ παρὰ τὸ βρέχω βρέχος καὶ τροπῇ τοῦ χ εἰς φ βρέφος›, τὸ ἐν κοιλίᾳ τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ βεβρεγμένον ὄν· ἢ παρὰ τὸ τρέφω τρέφος, καὶ τροπῇ τοῦ τ εἰς β βρέφος
Brephos "new-born babe" : from the fact that it has come to light; or from pherbō "to fed", and by changing the [ph] into [b] ‹and the [b] into [ph]› and through metathesis of the [r], brephos; or from brekhō "to wet", *brekhos and by changing the [kh] into [ph], brephos, that which is wet in the womb of its mother; or from trephō "to feed", and by changing the [t] into [b], brephos"
Paronymic descriptive etymology relying on a phonetic manipulation, which is found only here.