Dictionary verb *skai- scheinen


to shine
(Mainly used for the sun. For many other light sources, "leuchten" is the better word.)
to seem, to emit the apperance
(By far not as common as the English "to seem" but there are many related words with that core idea.)


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Word Family

Root: *skai-

The core idea of this root was:

gleaming, shining

The main English offspring is to shine and all its relatives. The only other family members I could find were shimmer and scintillate.

In German, it’s also the origin of Schimmel (the mold) because that is often white and shiny.

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