to burn down
(Not for burning something completely, but rather burning to the "foundation". Can be a building or an incence stick. If you "abbrennen" something, the spoken past goes with "haben". If something "abbrennen" by itself, it goes with "sein".)
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Word Family

The core idea of this root was:

boiling, bubbling, burning

This is still visible in some of the offspring, but some are fairly obscure and surprising, at least for me.
Here’s a little (incomplete) overview:

  • braise (“bubbling in pot”)
  • brew (“make bubble”)
  • broth (“bubbly thing”)
  • breed (the connection is the sense of “keeping warm to hatch”)
  • brood (“hatch by heat, then anger”)
  • ferment (“make bubble”)
  • effervesce (“bubbling”)
  • Brazil (originally, it was a word for a tree for red dye (like burning ember) from India, but the was used for the lands of Brazil, because similar wood grew there)
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