κάραβος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin unclear; the irregular suffix and phonetics suggest a Pre-Greek (Mediterranean[1], Ancient Macedonian[2] or Semitic[3]) loan. Also see Latin scarabaeus, carabus; Semitic عقرب and قارب.

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

κᾱ́ρᾰβος (kā́rabosm (genitive κᾱρᾰ́βου); second declension

  1. a kind of beetle, probably a longhorn beetle
  2. a kind of crustacean, probably a crayfish
  3. a small boat

Inflection[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert S. P. Beekes, Greek etymological dictionary
  2. ^ Klein, Dr. Ernest, A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language,
  3. ^ “Proto-Semitic root: *ʕaḳrab-; Number 2340” in Georgiy Starostin, Tower of Babel, Copyright 1998-2003 by S. Starostin.