To blow. Contracted from *bhleə₁-, or possibly lengthened grade *bhlēə₂- from alternative root *bhleə₂-. Possibly identical to bhel-3 II *bhlē- above.
Derivatives include blaze, flatus, and flavor.
1. blow1, from Old English blāwan, to blow, from Germanic suffixed form *blē-w-.
a. bladder, from Old English blǣdre, blister, bladder;
b. blather, from Old Norse bladhra (noun), bladder, and bladhra (verb), to prattle. Both a and b from Germanic suffixed form *blēdram, “something blown up.”
a. blast, from Old English blǣst, a blowing, blast;
b. isinglass, from Middle Dutch blas(e), a bladder;
c. blasé, blaze3, from Middle Dutch blāsen, to blow up, swell. a-c all from Germanic extended form *blēs-.
4. Zero-grade form *bhl̥ə- (> *bhlā-). flabellum, flageolet, flatulent, flatus, flavor; afflatus, conflate, deflate, inflate, insufflate, soufflé, from Latin flāre, to blow.
[In Pokorny 3. bhel- 120.]

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