αβγό

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from the plural αβγά (avgá), itself extracted from τ' αβγά (t' avgá, the eggs), a regular phonological development of Ancient Greek τὰ ᾠά (tà ōiá): /ta.oˈa//tauˈa//tauˈɣa//tavˈɣa/. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /aˈvɣo/
  • Hyphenation: α‧βγό

Noun[edit]

αβγό (avgón (plural αβγά)

  1. (zoology) egg (spherical or ellipsoidal body produced by birds, reptiles, insects and other animals, housing the embryo during its development)
    Το αβγό της χελώνας είναι μικρό και ολοστρόγγυλο.To avgó tis chelónas eínai mikró kai olostróngylo.A turtle's egg is small and totally round.
  2. (more specifically) egg (of a hen, used as food)
    Για να φτιάξεις μπισκότα χρεάζεσαι αβγά, αλεύρι και βούτυρο.Gia na ftiáxeis biskóta chreázesai avgá, alévri kai voútyro.To make biscuits, you need eggs, flour and butter.
  3. (figuratively) egg (anything shaped like an egg)
    Το Πάσχα στην Ευρώπη τρώνε σοκολατένια αβγά.To Páscha stin Evrópi tróne sokolaténia avgá.At Easter in Europe, they eat chocolate eggs.
  4. (biology) egg, ovum (female primary cell)
    Δύο άντρες χρειάζονται το αβγό μιας γυναίκας για να έχουν ένα παιδί.Dýo ántres chreiázontai to avgó mias gynaíkas gia na échoun éna paidí.Two men need a woman's egg to have a child.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Spelling: In accordance with Georgios Hatzidakis & Manolis Triantafyllidis, Babiniotis considers αβγό the correct spelling: The ‑β‑ in the word originated from phonetic development and there is no justification for writing it with the diphthong ‑αυ‑, as though it has always existed in the word[1]. The αυγό spelling is found in other dictionaries[2]. (Also similar: αφτί & αυτί.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Babiniotis, Georgios (2008) Λεξικό της νέας ελληνικής γλώσσας [Modern Greek Dictionary] (in Greek), 3rd edition, Athens: Lexicology Centre
  2. ^ αυγό in Triantafyllides, Hidryma (1998) Λεξικό της κοινής νεοελληνικής [Dictionary of Standard Modern Greek]