Can you tell us of the root definition of the word "Zombie"?
Hint: All of you are wrong, Though I won't give any thumbs down. Please read the question again. "Root Definition" is very important. I'll betcha Wiki and others will have it wrong.
My Cite: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and fable. If you have or find one please cite it as well.
hint: page 977 the last in the book.
- COALv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Caribbean French, and English Creole from Kimbundu -zumbi, ghost, departed spirit
Edit: congrats to serf (sorry...guess not)
Edit: I have found another source, not Brewer's, that may be correct. The following translates to mean the "undead" and so I will post it to see what you think. At least it's different. In the meantime I will try again to access Brewer's. (Every time I try my computer acts like a zombie!) Hmmm...I couldn't find zombie in Brewer's. Is the root definition Greek?
Well, this is my last shot at the question. Without the book I am unable to open to page 977. The zipper file is not opening. I think it is time to expand my library.
I notice no one else has added anything new, so I did some research. It could be way off, but here goes. I searched the Greek Lexicon and discovered the following:
Original word (I presume it to be Hebrew) = ζῷον Transliterated Word (Greek) = zōon
Translated word (English) = beast
The word is found in both the Old and New Testament and is used many times in Revelation. There is an apparent evil connotation to the word.
I am assuming the word has Mesopotamian roots, or maybe even Egyptian. This could explain how the word traveled to areas in Africa.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Main Entry: zom·bie
Variant(s): also zom·bi \ˈzäm-bē\
Etymology: Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu nzúmbe ghost
Date: circa 1871
1usually zombi a: the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body b: a will-less and speechless human in the West Indies capable only of automatic movement who is held to have died and been supernaturally reanimated
2 a: a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead ; especially : automaton b: a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior
3: a mixed drink made of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juiceSource(s): m-w
- 1 decade ago
There are several possible etymologies of the word zombie. One possible origin is jumbie, the West Indian term for "ghost". Another is nzambi, the Kongo word meaning "spirit of a dead person."According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word entered English circa 1871; it's derived from the Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, which in turn is of Bantu origin. A zonbi is a person who is believed to have died and been brought back to life without speech or free will. It is akin to the Kimbundu nzúmbe ghostSource(s): The Internet
- hutchingsonLv 44 years ago
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- Kevin7Lv 71 decade ago
I have heard it is a Taino Native American contribution to the Voodoo religion(most influencesare West African, and Roman Catholic, some Taino influences also), it may come from Zemi the name of a Taino fetished object