հմայք

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Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Armenian հմայք ‎(hmaykʿ); see it for more.

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Noun[edit]

հմայք ‎(hmaykʿ)

  1. sorcery, witchcraft
  2. amulet, talisman, charm
  3. (figuratively) charm, fascination
    կնոջ հմայքը‎ ― knoǰ hmaykʿə ― charm of a woman

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Old Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An Iranian borrowing +‎ ‎(-kʿ). Compare Middle Persian hwmʾy ‎(humāy, a bird of good omen; eagle), Avestan [script needed] ‎(humaya-, humāya-, blessed), Sanskrit सुमाय ‎(su-māyá, having excellent counsels or plans, very wise), Persian همایون ‎(humāyūn, blessed, lucky). All composed of *māyā- ‎(blessing, happiness) and the prefix *hu- ‎(good), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁su-.

Noun[edit]

հմայք ‎(hmaykʿ)

  1. divination, augury, prognostication, witchcraft, sorcery, conjuration, enchantment
    հմայս հմայել‎ ― hmays hmayel ― to seek a sign or augury; to believe in divination
    հմայից անսալ‎ ― hmayicʿ ansal ― to have faith in diviners
    լուծան հմայք‎ ― lucan hmaykʿ ― the charm is broken
  2. amulet, talisman, charm
  3. witch, sorcerer

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References[edit]

  • Petrosean, H. Matatʿeay V. (1879), “հմայութիւն”, in Nor Baṙagirkʿ Hay-Angliarēn [New Dictionary Armenian–English], Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971–1979), “հմայ”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, Yerevan: University Press, published 1926–1935
  • Awetikʿean, G.; Siwrmēlean, X.; Awgerean, M. (1836–1837), “հմայք”, in Nor baṙgirkʿ haykazean lezui [New Dictionary of the Armenian Language] (in Old Armenian), Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy