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According to Densusianu, from Scythian *čap- (compare Persian چپش (čapiš, yearling kid)), whence also Albanian cjap, Romanian țap. But in Abaev's opinion the p → Ossetian w sound change is problematic.


цӕу (cæw)

  1. (Iron dialect, Digor dialect) goat (uncastrated)

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  • Bigulajev, B. B.; Gagkajev, K. Je.; Kulajev, N. X.; Tuajeva, O. N. (1970), “цæу”, in Kasajev A. M., editor, Osetinsko-russkij slovarʹ [Ossetian–Russian Dictionary], 3rd edition, Ordzhonikidze: Publishing House “Ir”
  • Taqazty, Fedar (2003), “цæу”, in Digoron-urussag ʒurdwat [Digor–Russian Dictionary], Vladikavkaz: Alania
  • Abajev, V. I. (1958), “cæw”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ osetinskovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Ossetian Language] (in Russian), volume 1, Moscow, Leningrad: USSR Academy of Sciences, page 307