αἴλουρος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Longstanding tradition holds it to derive from αἰόλος (aiólos, fast moving, nimble) + οὐρά (ourá, tail); while it has the feel of folk etymology, it may nonetheless be the case. Has also been compared to Latin viverra (ferret) and Lithuanian vaiveris (polecat).

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Noun[edit]

αἴλουρος (aílourosm, f (genitive αἰλούρου); second declension

  1. cat, Felis domesticus
  2. weasel

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