բոզաւագ

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Middle Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

“Head of prostitutes”, from բոզ (boz) +‎ աւագ (awag).

Noun[edit]

բոզաւագ (bozawag)

  1. whoremaster, pimp, procurer
    • 12–13th century, Vardan Aygekcʿi, Žołovacʿoykʿ aṙakacʿ Vardanay [Collection of Fables of Vardan] , (1894 edition, page 15):
      [] այլ եւս առաջնորդք, որ հոգևոր հայր են ժոդովրդեանն և [ոչ] խրատեն զժողովուրդս և զկաշառակերսն և զշահառոյս և զբոզաւագս և զարբեցողս, այլ առնուն կաշառ ի նոցանէ և թողուն զնոսա ի մեղս իւրեանց []
      [] ayl ews aṙaǰnordkʿ, or hogewor hayr en žodovrdeann ew [očʿ] xraten zžołovurds ew zkašaṙakersn ew zšahaṙoys ew zbozawags ew zarbecʿołs, ayl aṙnun kašaṙ i nocʿanē ew tʿołun znosa i mełs iwreancʿ []
    • Yaysmawurkʿ [The Armenian Church Synaxarion] January 3, (1706 edition):
      Եւ տարեալ ՚ի Թաւրէզ քաղաք շահաստան․ վաճառեցին կնոջ միոյ բոզաւագի․ և կինն այն բոզաւագ՝ էր հաւատովն քրիստոնեայ։ Իբրև գիտաց երիցակինն Յուսկայ՝ զբոզաւագն թէ քրիստոնեայ է։
      Ew tareal ’i Tʿawrēz kʿałakʿ šahastan; vačaṙecʿin knoǰ mioy bozawagi; ew kinn ayn bozawag, ēr hawatovn kʿristoneay. Ibrew gitacʿ ericʿakinn Yuskay, zbozawagn tʿē kʿristoneay ē.
      And having taken to the large city of Tabriz, they sold to a certain procuress. And this procuress was a Christian by faith. []
    • 15th century, Yakob Netrarencʾ, Otanawors Yakob vardapetē asacʾeal... , (Matenadaran manuscript no. 2672, page 369a):
      [] տարեալ Թավրէզ մեծ քաղաքի, վաճառեցին բոզաւագի []
      [] tareal Tʿavrēz mec kʿałakʿi, vačaṙecʿin bozawagi []
      [] having taken to the large city of Tabriz, they sold to a whoremaster []

Descendants[edit]

  • Armenian: բոզավագ (bozavag)

Further reading[edit]

  • Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971) , “բոզ”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), volume I, 2nd edition, reprint of the original 1926–1935 seven-volume edition, Yerevan: University Press, page 459a
  • Brand, John; Awgerean, Yarutʿiwn (1825) , “բոզաւագ”, in Baṙaran hayerēn ew angłiakan [A Dictionary Armenian and English], Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy, page 128a
  • J̌axǰaxean, Manuēl (1837) , “բոզաւագ”, in Baṙgirkʿ i barbaṙ hay ew italakan [Armenian–Italian Dictionary], Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy, page 526b
  • Łazaryan, Ṙ. S.; Avetisyan, H. M. (2009) , “բոզաւագ”, in Miǰin hayereni baṙaran [Dictionary of Middle Armenian] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, Yerevan: University Press, page 122a
  • Norayr N. Biwzandacʿi (2000) , “բոզաւագ”, in Martiros Minassian, editor, Baṙagirkʿ storin hayerēni i matenagrutʿeancʿ ŽA–ŽĒ darucʿ [Dictionary of Middle Armenian Based on the Literature of 11–17th Centuries], Geneva: Martiros Minassian, page 113
  • Mxitʿar Sebastacʿi (1749) , “բոզաւագ”, in Baṙgirkʿ Haykazean lezui [Dictionary of the Armenian Language] (in Old Armenian), volume I, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy, page 158a
  • Villotte, Jacques (1714) , “lena”, in Dictionarium Novum Latino-Armenium [New Latin–Armenian Dictionary], Rome: Typis Sac. Congreg. de Propaganda Fide, page 439a