From Proto-Indo-European *b(e)u (“owl”), see also Latin bubo, Bulgarian буч (buč), Armenian բուեց (buecʿ), and North Persian بوم. The IE root is onomatopoeic and was borrowed into Semitic languages such as Arabic لعةةا and Syriac [script?] bava and Caucasian languages such as Georgian ბუვი (buvi), Chechen buha (buha), and Aghul бучу-й.
- (5th BC Attic): IPA: /bý.a͜as/
- (1st BC Egyptian): IPA: /býaːs/
- (4th AD Koine): IPA: /βýas/
- (10th AD Byzantine): IPA: /výas/
- (15th AD Constantinopolitan): IPA: /vías/
- LSJ 7th edition
- ^ Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture, Mallory, Adams