кукер

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Bulgarian[edit]

кукери (kukeri)

Etymology[edit]

Technically reflecting Proto-Slavic *kukyrъ, possibly derived from Proto-Slavic *kukъ, *kuka (feisty spirit) + -ер (-er).

Alternative theories propose borrowed origin from a term, akin to Bulgarian кукла (kukla, toy, puppet) (Greek loanword) or Bulgarian гу́гла (gúgla, hood) (Latin loanword), both ultimately from Latin cucūllus (hood, covering for the read).

Noun[edit]

ку́кер (kúkerm

  1. (dialectal) kuker (person dressed in a carnival costume, who chases evil spirits in specific days of the year)
    Synonyms: бабугер (babuger), станчинар (stančinar)

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Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • кукер in Rečnik na bǎlgarskija ezik (Institut za bǎlgarski ezik)
  • кукер in Rečnik na bǎlgarskija ezik (Čitanka.Info)
  • Georgiev Vl. I., editor (1986) , “кукер¹”, in Български етимологичен речник [Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary] (in Bulgarian), volume 3, Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, page 89