Γραικός

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain origin. Aristotle wrote that it was an Illyrian word used to describe the Dorian tribes in Epirus, from Graii, an indigenous name of peoples in the coastal region.[1]

However, some modern scholars, such as Busolt, trace it to Γραῖα (Graia), a city on the coast of Boeotia, a name given to the Greeks by the Romans, where they first met. The city's name itself means "grey," from Proto-Indo-European *ǵerh₂- (to grow old).[2]

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Γραικός (Graikos)

  1. Greek

Proper noun[edit]

Γραικός (Graikos) m

  1. Graecus, a character in Greek mythology, said to be a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia; or else a son of Pandora and Zeus.
  2. Graecian, name of an ancient Boeotian tribe that migrated to Italy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aristotle, Μετεωρολογικά, I.xiv
  2. ^ Busolt, Griechische Geschichte bis zur Schlacht bei Chaeroneia

Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Γραικός (Graikos)

Noun[edit]

Γραικός (Graikósm (plural Γραικοί)

  1. (obsolete) Greek

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