string, twine, cord, rope, yarn, strand, thread

STRING Old English streng “line, cord, thread, string of a bow or harp,” in plural “tackle, rigging; lineage, race,” from Proto-Germanic *strangiz (cognates: Old Norse strengr, Danish streng, Middle Dutch strenge, Dutch streng, Old High German strang, German Strang “rope, cord”), from *strang- “taut, stiff,” from PIE root *strenk- “tight, narrow.” Gradually restricted by early Middle English to lines that are smaller than a rope. Sense of “a number of objects arranged in a line” first recorded late 15c.

“…from the Gaelic dictionary, Dwelly, we have the word sìoman, which is the old Gaelic word for rope, this is not much recognised now. Sìoman is described as a rope of twisted straw, hay or heather and gives rise to sìomanaiche, meaning one who makes rope from hay, straw or heather.”

Doric word for string: Towe (to rhyme with cow)


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