πυραμίς

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Ancient Greek πυραμός (puramós) +‎ -ῐ́ς (-ís), from πυρός (purós, wheat) + ἀμάω (amáō, reap), or from Egyptian pr-m-ws (height of a pyramid), from prj ((one that) comes forth) + m (from) + ws (height?). If the ‘cake’ sense of the word is primary and was later applied to the Egyptian monuments from their resemblance in shape, then the Greek etymology is probable; however, the shape of the cake is unknown, and the ‘monument’ sense is attested a century earlier than the ‘cake’ sense, so that the Greek derivation is problematic. The Egyptian derivation is also problematic in that there is a gap of 1100 years between the attestation of pr-m-ws and that of πυραμίς.

Noun[edit]

πῡρᾰμῐ́ς (pūramísf (genitive πῡρᾰμῐ́δος); third declension

  1. pyramid
  2. a type of cake

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