երնջակ

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Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from երինջ ‎(erinǰ, heifer, young cow) +‎ -ակ ‎(-ak). Martirosyan explains the semantic motivation by the possibility that երնջակ ‎(ernǰak) may refer to the Mother Goddess AnahitAstłik, which was associated with heifers, probably also, like the Greek Athena, with weaving.

Alternatively, a Mediterranean substrate word related to Ancient Greek ἀράχνη ‎(arákhnē) and Latin arāneus.

An Iranian origin is also possible; compare Middle Persian ʾylhtn' ‎(ēraxtan), ʾylnc- ‎(ēranǰ-, to inflict damage, or loss; to blame, condemn, damn). The spider may be seen as ‘harmful’ or ‘heathen, demonic, abominable’.

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երնջակ ‎(ernǰak)

  1. (dialectal) spider

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References[edit]

  • Sargsyan, Artem et al., editors (2001–2012), “երնջակ”, in Hayocʿ lezvi barbaṙayin baṙaran [Dialectological Dictionary of the Armenian Language] (in Armenian), Yerevan: Hayastan
  • Martirosyan, Hrach (2010) Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 8), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 270