In sanskrit "Pad" (rhyming with mud with a soft 'd') means feet; so does pod in Latin . Do they have same roots.


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Yes, they are cognate forms. Sanskrit pad-, lat. pēs, greek πώς and engl. foot all come from an indo-european word *ped-/pod- in the same meaning. Sanskrit also has a verbal root pad- "to step, to go, to sink down".

  • Thanks; even the prefix Paedo- (Paediatric) derives from the same roots
    – ARi
    Sep 26, 2013 at 14:04
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    Pediatrics has different roots: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/… and en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pedo-#English
    – Ritesh
    Sep 26, 2013 at 19:44
  • @TKR I used a doric greek example to illustrate to most narrow cognate form.
    – user2498
    Oct 7, 2013 at 15:47
  • @aorists: Oh, fair enough - I hadn't been thinking of Doric.
    – TKR
    Oct 7, 2013 at 18:15
  • @TKR. The "most narrow cognate forms" are in the acc. s.: Gk poda, La. pedem, Sk. pādam (with long ā < o, by Brugmann's law).
    – fdb
    Jul 13, 2021 at 11:38

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