σφαῖρα

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A connection with σπαίρω (spaírō, to gasp) has been suggested, but the aspiration of σπ- to σφ- is unexplained, and the semantic connection is unclear. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *sperH- (to kick, rebound, move convulsively), if the original sense was "something that rebounds."[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

σφαῖρᾰ (sphaîraf (genitive σφαίρᾱς); first declension

  1. ball, globe, sphere

Inflection[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Greek: σφαίρα f (sfaíra)
  • Latin: sphaera f (see there for further descendants)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN, p. 906