to guard, to watch (Related to "to heed". Slightly old word. Used for herds of cattle, mainly.)
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The original idea of this root was:
In English the hut (die Hütte), it’s about a location, in hat (der Hut) it’s a specific object and in hood (die Kapuze, der Bezirk), we have both.
The English to heed and the German hüten (to guard) have shifted toward being protective.
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