ալի

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Old Armenian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *pel- (grey). Martirosyan tentatively reconstructs the derivation as ալի (ali), from Proto-Armenian *aliya-, from *(p)olíya-, from Proto-Indo-European *polieh₂-.

Noun[edit]

ալի (ali

  1. (usually in the plural) wave, billow, surge, swell of the sea
    ալիս յարուցանելalis yarucʿanel ― to agitate the waves
    հերձանել, պատառել զալիսherjanel, pataṙel zalis ― to cleave the waves
  2. (usually in the plural) gray hair; old age
    ծաղկիլ ալեաց, խոնարհիլ յալիսcałkil aleacʿ, xonarhil yalis ― to grow gray-haired, to get old
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References[edit]

  • ալիք in Mathias Bedrossian (1879), New Dictionary Armenian–English, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • ալիք and ալի in Gabriēl Awetikʿean, Xačʿatur Siwrmēlean, Mkrtičʿ Awgerean (1836–37), Nor baṙgirkʿ haykazean lezui [New Dictionary of the Armenian Language], in 2 vols, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • ալի in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University
  • “ali-kʿ” in Hrach Martirosyan (2010), Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, ISBN 9789004173378, page 14

Etymology 2[edit]

Ačaṙyan leaves the origin open.

According to J̌ahukyan perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *əliyo-, from the root *el- (to bend), among the cognates note especially Welsh olwyn (wheel).

Noun[edit]

ալի (ali

  1. an object turning around itself, perhaps an axle or millstone or pulley

Usage notes[edit]

  • The meaning is uncertain from the only attested passage.
  • The nominative *ալ (*al) reconstructed by Nor baṙgirkʿ haykazean lezui is probably wrong.

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