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I look up in the etymological dictionay about prick, and find that prick is not a word derived from Proto-indo-european etymon.

Meanwhile, I find a lot of words meaning "prick, stick, pierce, spear, rod, etc.",

words starting with "br-"

such as brad, bristle, brittle

words starting with "st-"

such as stick, stake, stipe

and find pierce, which contains p and r, but etymologically it is composed with *per1 "forward, through" + *(s)teu-1 "To push, stick, knock, beat".

So, I start to wonder whether there is or no words derived from PIE, which starts with "pr-" and has the similar meaning to prick, such as "prick, stick, pierce, spear, rod,etc.".

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Can you tell us the situation that led to such a question? Why do you need such a word? How did you try to look for such a thing? Have you checked out a thesaurus already for 'prick', 'stick' or 'pierce'? –  Mitch May 8 '13 at 13:50
    
Are you looking for "prod"? –  Peter Shor May 8 '13 at 15:28
    
@Mitch Hi! I look up in the etymology about prick and only find that prick is not a word derived from Proto-indo-european etymon, and I start to wonder whether PIE descendants don't have any word starting with "pr-" has the similar meaning to prick –  archenoo May 9 '13 at 5:41
    
You should include that in the question body to substantiate and give some context to the question. Edit the post. –  Kris May 9 '13 at 10:58
    
@Kris Thanks for you suggestion and this is my edited question –  archenoo May 10 '13 at 9:39

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There are quite a few.

Here's a synopsis of English simplex words beginning with PR-, an assonance that has strong phonosemantic coherence (above 70%).

It shows that there are 18 such that share a physical One-Dimensional (Extended) sense, including

prod pry prop prong prick prone pretzel

However, far more of these words (45, over 50%), refer to the Human (Social Role) sense, including

proud prior pride prep prince prance prim

This very genteel Human sense of pr- is correlated with the Human (Gender Role) senses of BR-:

Male: bris brute brawl brag brave bruise bray brawn brandish britches
Female: breast bride bra brat bread braid brood broil broth braise broad

which are anything but genteel.

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It is not clear what 'One dimensional (Extended)' means with respect to 'Human (Social Role)'. Also, is there a pattern the differentiates male and female in your latter example? –  Mitch May 8 '13 at 20:03
    
Ah, an attachment ambiguity. What correlates with the Human (Gender Role) sense in BR- is the Human (Social Role) sense in PR-. Not the 1-D Extended sense in PR-. Assonances with several phonosemantic foci are common, but the foci are normally independent, unless there's an embodied image involved. –  John Lawler May 8 '13 at 21:32
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@Mitch, thank you for having reminded me the phonestheme question, which was my last serious question on this site. I love it too much (or, hmmm, so much). And don't forget to upvote this great answer of John, thank you again. –  user19148 May 8 '13 at 21:44
    
@JohnLawler: OK. I get now that social and gender roles are correlated (under 'pr-') but I stil have no idea what 1-D (extended could possibly mean. Pretzels don't really stick out in one dimension, or a prop. –  Mitch May 8 '13 at 22:15
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It's all explained in the paper. –  John Lawler May 8 '13 at 22:28

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