βύρσα

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A loanword of unknown origin, possibly Pre-Greek and Hittite 𒆳𒊭 (kursa-) or 𒄥𒊭 (gursa-) is an Asianic cultural word, also appearing in Kaneshite kursanwn / gursanwn and Akkadian 𒆳𒍣𒉡𒌝 (kursinnu, gusānu, skinbag). originally assumed to be cognate reflexes of Proto-Indo-European *gʷurso-, but that theory is not accepted today and is held untenable (the proper Greek reflex would be *γύρσα (*gúrsa)). Nevertheless, the word eventually spread to Greek, and from there to the West (Latin bursaFrench bourseEnglish purse and dis-burse).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

βῠ́ρσᾰ (búrsaf (genitive βῠ́ρσης); first declension

  1. the skin stripped off a hide, leather
  2. the skin of a live animal

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Descendants[edit]

  • Latin: bursa

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