To open; space.
1. Suffixed zero-grade form *rū-mo- (< *ruə-mo-).
a. room, from Old English rūm, space;
b. lebensraum, from Old High German rūm, space;
c. rummage, from Old Provençal run, ship's hold, space. a-c all from Germanic *rūmaz;
d. ream2, from Old English rȳman, to widen, open up, from Germanic denominative *rūmjan.
2. Suffixed form *reu(ə)-es-. rural, rustic, from Latin rūs, “open land,” the country.
[Pokorny reu̯ə- 874.]

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Universalium. 2010.

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