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Type Derivation
Language English
Lexeme 1 wind
Lexeme 2 window
Meaning 1 wind
Meaning 2 window
Reference Levickij 2010 page 587
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Comment Middle English windowe, windohe, windoge. Borrowed in the Late Old English period from the Old Norse vindauga 'window'; literally, 'wind eye'
Type Derivation
Language Spanish
Lexeme 1 viento
Lexeme 2 ventana
Meaning 1 wind viento del este
"eastern wind"
Meaning 2 window mirar desde la ventana
"to look out the window"
Reference Diez page 453
Related Languages Old Portuguese ventãa 'nostril', Modern Portuguese venta 'nostril of animals', Galician béntas 'nostrils of a horse'
Comment DRAE, Corominas 601, Corominas, Pascual V, 806-807, REW 9212. Spanish ventana as 'an opening in the wall' since 1400, earlier only 'air hole (of ship, of marquee, tabernacle, of armour)' since 1250, 'nostril' (attested on 1325). Semantic widening of Spanish ventana 'air hole, ventilator window'→ 'window' is explained by phonetic coincidence of two Old Spanish words hiniestra 'window' (from Latin fenestra) and iniest(r)a 'greenweed' (from Latin genestra). Meriger supposed semantic influence of Visigothic *windaugo (compare Old Norse) but Meyer-Lübke in REW doubted this because of the French ventail 'air hole of helmet' which arose independently from Visigothic.
Type Derivation
Language Mongolian (Khalkha)
Lexeme 1 салхи (salhi)
Lexeme 2 салхивч (salhivč)
Meaning 1 wind хүчтэй салхи
"strong wind"
Meaning 2 ventilator window, ventlight салхивч нээх
"to open ventlight"
Reference Kručkin 2006 page 779
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