Etymology of the word ‘Black’

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black (adj.) Look up black at Dictionary.comO.E. blæc “dark,” from P.Gmc. *blakaz “burned” (cf. O.N. blakkr “dark,” O.H.G. blah “black,” Swed. bläck “ink,” Du. blaken “to burn”), from PIE *bhleg- “to burn, gleam, shine, flash” (cf. Gk. phlegein “to burn, scorch,” L. flagrare “to blaze, glow, burn”), from root *bhel- (1) “to shine, flash, burn;” see bleach.

Here we have a good example of a root word *bhel producing  polar-opposite meanings, as the same root produced O.E. blac “bright, shining, glittering, pale.

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