գաւազան

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Old Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Iranian *gavāzan (spiked stick used for driving oxen). Compare Persian گوازه (gavāza), گاوزنه (gāvzana), Avestan 𐬔𐬀𐬎𐬎𐬁𐬰𐬀 (gauuāza, ox-goad).

Noun[edit]

գաւազան (gawazan)

  1. stick for driving animals
  2. cudgel for beating men
  3. blow, beating; punishment
  4. wand; rod; staff
    գաւազան իշխանութեանgawazan išxanutʿeanscepter
    գաւազան եպիսկոպոսականgawazan episkoposakancrosier
  5. (figuratively) power, authority
  6. the diocese overseen by a bishop
  7. sprig, shoot, twig (of a tree)
  8. stock, lineage
  9. each color-stripe of the rainbow

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