πελεκάν

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from πέλεκυς (pélekus, axe), because of the functional and/or formal similarity with an axe. Compare similar bird names, like πελεκανός (pelekanós, coot), πελεκᾶς (pelekâs, woodpecker) and πελεκῖνος (pelekînos, pelican). Furnée compares σπέλεκτος (spélektos, pelican), suggesting a Pre-Greek etymology.

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

πελεκᾰ́ν (pelekánm (genitive πελεκᾶνος); third declension

  1. pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
    Synonyms: ὀνοκρότᾰλος (onokrótalos), πελεκῖνος (pelekînos)

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Latin: pelecānus
  • Old Armenian: պեղական (pełakan)

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