գայլ

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Armenian[edit]

գայլ (gayl)

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Old Armenian գայլ (gayl). The inherited form is գել (gel).

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Noun[edit]

գայլ (gayl)

  1. wolf

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Old Armenian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *wai-lo-. Cognate with Old Irish fáel, from Proto-Celtic *way-lo-. The Armenian and Celtic words are usually explained as ‘the howler’ and derived from Proto-Indo-European *wai-; compare Old Armenian վայ (vay), Middle Irish fae (alas). Replaced the usual Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos (wolf) due to taboo.

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Noun[edit]

գայլ (gayl

  1. wolf
    գայլ մատակgayl matak — she-wolf
    կորիւն գայլոյkoriwn gayloy — wolf's cub
    ցնկնիլ գայլոյcʿnknil gayloy — whelping
    ոռնալ գայլոյoṙnal gayloy — howling
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the above sense of “wolf” on the model of Ancient Greek λύκος (lúkos), meaning both “wolf” and “bit for a horse”. Compare also Latin lupus (wolf; bit with jagged teeth).

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Noun[edit]

գայլ (gayl

  1. muzzle, cover for nose and mouth, bit
    գայլ ի բերան ածել, արկանել, հարկանելgayl i beran acel, arkanel, harkanel — to gag
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References[edit]

  • գայլ in Mathias Bedrossian (1879), New Dictionary Armenian–English, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • գայլ 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
  • գայլ in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University
  • Hrach Martirosyan (2010), Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, ISBN 9789004173378, page 196