Lexember 2014 #5: batlaam

A new day, a new word. Here is a word I was surprised I hadn't had yet:

batlaam ni water, river

Once again, am using an asssociation I found in A Conlanger's Thesaurus. However, the next couple of days I may refine this a bit with a couple other words. Hearing batlaam, I kind of want it only to apply to big rivers, smaller streams will have another word. I'm also thinking that I will have another term for water, as I eventually want there to be one term that becomes a technical term used in alchemy, while another is the common term (Pahran is for a fantasy world).

Also vacillating on whether this should be animate or inanimate, since a river could be conceived of as animate. Thoughts?