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Origin of bequest
- Middle English biquest (influenced by biquethen to bequeath) bi- be- quist will (from Old English -cwis) (as in andcwis answer gwet- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English bequeste (“will, testament, bequest”), from be- + queste (“saying, utterance”), from Old English *cwist, *cwiss, from Proto-Germanic *kwissiz (“saying”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷet- (“to say”). Related to Old English andcwiss (“answer, reply”), Old English uncwisse (“dumb, mute”), Middle English bequethen (“bequeath”). More at quoth, bequeath.