մեղեխ

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Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Armenian մեղեխ ‎(mełex) and Middle Armenian մեղեխ ‎(mełex).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

մեղեխ ‎(mełex)

  1. (archaic, literary) handle of an axe, adze or a similar tool
  2. (archaic, literary) Synonym of լախտ ‎(laxt)

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • մեղեխ in Ēduard Ałayan (1976), Ardi hayereni bacʿatrakan baṙaran [Explanatory Dictionary of Modern Armenian], in 2 vols, Yerevan: Hayastan
  • մեղեխ in Hovhannes Barsełyan (1973), Hayeren ułłagrakan-ułłaxosakan, terminabanakan baṙaran [Armenian Orthographic–Orthoepic Terminological Dictionary], Yerevan: Luys
  • մեղեխ in Ašot Sukʿiasyan (1967), Hayocʿ lezvi homanišneri baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Synonyms], Yerevan: Academy of Sciences of the Armenian SSR

Middle Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Armenian մեղեխ ‎(mełex).

Noun[edit]

մեղեխ ‎(mełex)

  1. mace (weapon)

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • մեղեխ in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University [Reprint of the original edition: 1926–1935, in 7 volumes, Yerevan]

Old Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The origin is uncertain. Martirosyan proposes derivation from Proto-Armenian *meɫ(i) ‎(ash-tree) which he relates to Ancient Greek μελία ‎(melía, manna ash, Fraxinus ornus; ashen spear); both may be regarded as a Mediterranean substrate word or a shared innovation based on Proto-Indo-European *mélid ‎(honey). There is a connection in mythology between honey and ash-trees. J̌ahukyan with reservation derives մեղեխ ‎(mełex) from Proto-Indo-European *mel- ‎(to hit, grind) (compare Russian молот ‎(molot)) and the Urartian suffix [script needed] ‎(-ḫi/ə).

Noun[edit]

մեղեխ ‎(mełex

  1. handle of an axe
    մեղեխ արկանել‎ ― mełex arkanel ― to put a handle to, to set in a handle; to haft
    հանել զմեղեխ‎ ― hanel zmełex ― to take off the handle, to take out of the handle; to unhaft

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • մեղեխ in Mathias Bedrossian (1879), New Dictionary Armenian–English, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • մեղեխ in Gabriēl Awetikʿean, Xačʿatur Siwrmēlean, Mkrtičʿ Awgerean (1836–37), Nor baṙgirkʿ haykazean lezui [New Dictionary of the Armenian Language, a.k.a. NHB], in 2 vols, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • մեղեխ in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University [Reprint of the original edition: 1926–1935, in 7 volumes, Yerevan]
  • Hrach Martirosyan (2010), Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, ISBN 9789004173378, page 460
  • Geworg J̌ahukyan (1987), Hayocʿ lezvi patmutʿyun; naxagrayin žamanakašrǰan [History of the Armenian language: The Pre-Literary Period], Yerevan: Academy of Sciences of the Armenian SSR, page 355, 438