κάρκαρος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Seems to agree with Sanskrit कर्कर (karkara, hard, firm), but some of its relations (κάρχαρος (kárkharos), καρκίνος (karkínos), and κέρχνος (kérkhnos)) seem to hint at a Pre-Greek origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

κάρκαρος (kárkarosm (feminine κάρκαρα, neuter κάρκαρον); first/second declension

  1. The meaning of this term is uncertain. Hesychius defines κάρκαροι (kárkaroi) as δεσμοί (desmoí, bond), τραχεῖς (trakheîs, rough, jagged), and κάρκαρα (kárkara) as μάνδρα (mándra, enclosed space), which agrees well with the attested κάρκαρον (kárkaron, prison)
    • Hesychius Κ

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