արծաթ

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Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Armenian արծաթ (arcatʿ); see it for more.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

արծաթ (arcatʿ)

  1. silver
  2. silver coin
  3. silver object

Declension[edit]

Adjective[edit]

արծաթ (arcatʿ)

  1. silver, made of silver
    արծաթ լարերarcatʿ larer ― silver strings
  2. silvery, of silver color
  3. silvery (of voice)
    արծաթ ծիծաղarcatʿ cicał ― silvery laughter

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Old Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Two possibilities exist.

  1. From Proto-Indo-European *h₂rǵnto- (silver), which yielded Proto-Armenian *arcant-, whose ending was modified under the influence of երկաթ (erkatʿ, iron); cognate with Latin argentum, Sanskrit रजत (rajatá, silver; silvery), Avestan [script?] (ərəzata-, silver), Old Persian [script?] (ardata, silver), Old Irish argat and Ancient Greek ἄργυρος (árguros).
  2. Alternatively, according to Martirosyan, a very old Indo-Iranian (3rd–2nd millennium BC) or an Old Iranian (first half of the 1st millennium BC) borrowing.

See also արծնեմ (arcnem) and արծարծեմ (arcarcem).

Noun[edit]

արծաթ (arcatʿ

  1. silver
    քերել զարծաթkʿerel zarcatʿ ― to take or wear the silver off
    անօթ արծաթոյanōtʿ arcatʿoy ― a silver-vase
    արծաթ կենդանիarcatʿ kendani ― mercury, quicksilver
  2. silverware
  3. coin, money
    արծաթոյ տալ, վաճառելarcatʿoy tal, vačaṙel ― to sell for ready money
  4. (figuratively) wealth, riches

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References[edit]

  • արծաթ in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University
  • “arcatʿ” in Hrach Martirosyan (2010), Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, ISBN 9789004173378, page 138
  • արծաթ in Mathias Bedrossian (1879), New Dictionary Armenian–English, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • արծաթ 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