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).

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /aí̯.loː.ros/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /ˈɛ.lu.ros/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /ˈɛ.lu.ros/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /ˈe.lu.ros/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /ˈe.lu.ros/
  • Noun[edit]

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

    1. cat, Felis domesticus
    2. weasel

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