norsu

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Etymology[edit]

Originally synonym of mursu (walrus) [1], which is a loan from Northern Sami morša (walrus). Centuries ago, elephant was known in Finland only from stories for being a big, thick-skinned animal with handsome tusks, hence the initial confusion. The meanings differentiated around 18th century.

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norsu

  1. elephant

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaisa Häkkinen: "Mursun ja norsun jäljillä", Virittäjä 4/2007 pp. 482–500