Why the Word for Wine Is Similar in So Many Languages

There’s Greek oinos and Hebrew yayin, to say nothing of such farther-flung cognates as Swahili mvinyo and Maori waina. Is there a common root?

Flickr/Daniel Go.

Flickr/Daniel Go.

Observation
Dec. 21 2016
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