անալութ

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Old Armenian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

According to Martirosyan derived by analogical restoration of -u- and metathesis from Proto-Armenian *alantʰ, by apocope from *alantʰo-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁(o)l-Hn-th₂o- (deer, hind). Cognates include Old Church Slavonic алънии (alŭnii, doe), Russian лань (lanʹ), Lithuanian élnis (deer), Middle Irish ailit (doe, hind). Alternatively, a Semitic loan: compare Akkadian [script needed] (nayālu, nālu, roe deer).

Noun[edit]

անալութ (analutʿ

  1. a kind of deer, hind (probably fallow deer)
    • 5th century, Bible, Book of Deuteronomy 14.4–5
      [] այս անասունք են զորս ուտիցէք․ արջառ եւ ոչխար ի հօտից, եւ նոխազ յայծեաց՝ զեղջերու եւ զայծեամն, եւ զգօմէշ եւ զխարբուզ եւ զայծքաղ եւ զյամոյր եւ զանալութ []
      [] these are the beasts which ye shall eat: the cattle and the sheep from the flock, and the he-goat from the goats, the hart, and the roebuck, and the buffalo, and the xarbuz, and the antelope, and the yamoyr, and the analutʿ []

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

The meaning “giraffe”, which has been assumed on the basis of a Biblical attestation, has been misconstrued.

References[edit]

  • անալութ in Mathias Bedrossian (1879), New Dictionary Armenian–English, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • անալութ 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
  • անալութ in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University
  • “analut‘” in Hrach Martirosyan (2010), Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, ISBN 9789004173378, page 65