*legwh-

(Indo-European Root)

Meanings

1.
light in weight, not heavy
(Notable English members of the family are "lung", "light" and the Latin branch with words like "relieve", "elevate", "lever", "alleviate" and "relevant".)

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Root: *legwh-

The core idea of this root was:

light in weight, not heavy

It’s the origin of English light (as in “not heavy”, not the shining light) and lung and bunch of words based on the Latin *levare, which was about raising.

Some English relatives:

  • light (not heavy)
  • lung (the light one)
  • lever, leverage (raises, makes light)
  • levee (the raised one)
  • relief, relieve, relevance (lightening up, raising)
  • elevate, elevator (raising)
  • alleviate (raising, lightening up)
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