երախայ

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Etymology[edit]

According to Ačaṙyan, from a hypothetical Classical Syriac *raxā, which must be the source of Middle Persian lsyk', lhyk' (rahīg, child, page).

The original meaning is an “unbaptized person”; it was used for both children and grown-ups. Later, as it became customary to be baptized in childhood, the word received the sense of a “child”.

Noun[edit]

երախայ (eraxay

  1. (Christianity) unbaptized person; catechumen
  2. newborn child; child that cannot yet speak

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Adjective[edit]

երախայ (eraxay

  1. child- or simple-minded, silly

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References[edit]

  • երախայ in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University
  • երախայ 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
  • երախայ in Mathias Bedrossian (1879), New Dictionary Armenian–English, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • "rahīg" in David Neil MacKenzie (1986), A Concise Pahlavi Dictionary, London: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-713559-5, page 70