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 ailouros ailoyros may be Romanised forms of Ancient Greek αἴλουρος.

  1. cat, Felis domesticus
  2. weasel

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References[edit]

  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill