was See be
EtymologyFrom wæs, *wêsôn, cognate with German war < *wes- "to reside". The paradigm of "to be" has been since the time of Proto-Germanic a synthesis of three originally distinct verb stems. The infinitive form "to be" is from Proto-Indo-European *bHeu- "to become". The words "is" and "are" are both derived from Proto-Indo-European *h1es- "to be". Lastly, the past forms starting with "w-" such as "was" and "were" are from Proto-Indo-European *wes- "to reside".
- , /wəz/, /w@z/
- (in the phrase "I was there")
Etymology 1cognate with wash
- laundry, clothes that need to be washed, or just have been washed.
- Present tense singular 1st person of wassen (meaning to wash).
Etymology 2cognate with wax
- Present tense singular 1st person of wassen (another meaning is to grow).
Etymology 3cognate with was
Etymology(h)waz, originally *(h)wat, compare Dutch wat.
- Genitive, accusative and locative of wy (you, plural).
- Plural of wa
Was ("power") scepters do represent the Set-animal (the Egyptian god Sutekh). Was scepters were carried by gods, pharaohs, and priests, as a symbol of power, and in later use, control over the force of chaos (Set). The head and forked tail of the Set-animal are clearly present. Was scepters are often depicted in paintings, drawings, and carvings of gods, and remnants of real Was scepters have been found constructed of faience or wood.
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