zanë

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Albanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Identical to and derived from 'voice', with a sense development motivated by the main characteristic of these mythological figures. The term might have been contaminated with Latin Diāna (compare Asturian xana, Sardinian giàna, Romanian zână).

Noun[edit]

zanë f (indefinite plural zana, definite singular zana, definite plural zanat)

  1. mountain fairy, woodnymph
  2. muse of heroes
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