աւազ

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Old Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The origin is uncertain.

Has been compared to Latin sabulum (gravel, sand), Ancient Greek ψάμμος (psámmos), ἄμαθος (ámathos, sand) and English sand.

Martirosyan proposes borrowing from Iranian; compare Sogdian ʾʾwzyy (*ōwazē), ʾʾwzʾk (*āwaze, *āwāz, lake, pond), Persian آوازه (āwāze, swamp; pool), Old Armenian loanword աւազան (awazan), with a semantic shift “swamp” → “silt” → “sand”.

Compare also Mazanderani وازیک (vâzik, sand).

Noun[edit]

աւազ (awaz

  1. sand, gravel
    աւազ ցանելawaz cʿanel — to gravel
    խրել յաւազիxrel yawazi — to run upon a sand, to stick fast in the sand
    շփել աւազովšpʿel awazov — to scour with sand
    տեղի, փոս աւազոյtełi, pʿos awazoy — sand-pit
    ժամացոյց յաւազոյžamacʿoycʿ yawazoy — hour-glass
    աւազքawazkʿ — sand-banks, quick-sands, downs; sand-pit
    խրել յաւազսxrel yawazs — to run upon a sand
  2. (by extension) dust

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References[edit]

  • աւազ in Mathias Bedrossian (1879), New Dictionary Armenian–English, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • աւազ 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
  • աւազ in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University
  • “awaz” in Hrach Martirosyan (2010), Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, ISBN 9789004173378, page 149
  • “hāysiñä” in Harold W. Bailey (1979), Dictionary of Khotan Saka, Cambridge, London, New York, Melbourne: Cambridge University press, pages 478–479