A fun look at the two meanings of "Schild" and its two genders and plurals.
der Schild, das Schild, schildern, ausschildern, die Drüse, die Schilddrüse, der Schirm, abschirmen
This is one of various roots that all in some way carry the core sense of cutting.
Notable English members of this family are:
- scalping, scalpel (from a Latin verb for cutting)
- shelf (cut from wood)
- shield (cut from wood)
- scale (originally referred to the bowl of a scale, direct relative of German die Schale)
- skill (originally the ability to tell apart, to separate)
- half (cut in half)