Other Word Forms of Rive
Origin of Rive
From Middle English riven (“to rive"), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse rÄ«fa (“to rend, tear apart"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«fanÄ… (“to tear, scratch"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)reip- (“to crumble, tear"). Cognate with Danish rive (“to tear"), Old Frisian rÄ«va (“to tear"), Old English ārÇ£fan (“to let loose, unwrap"), Old Norse ript (rift, “breach of contract"), Norwegian rive (“to tear") and Albanian rrip (“belt, rope"). More at rift.
Middle English riven from Old Norse rīfa
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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