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]

  • Ałayan, Ēduard (1976), “մեղեխ”, in Ardi hayereni bacʿatrakan baṙaran [Explanatory Dictionary of Modern Armenian] (in Armenian), Yerevan: Hayastan
  • Barsełyan, Hovhannes (1973), “մեղեխ”, in Hayeren ułłagrakan-ułłaxosakan, terminabanakan baṙaran [Armenian Orthographic–Orthoepic Terminological Dictionary] (in Armenian), Yerevan: Luys
  • Sukʿiasyan, A. M. (1967), “մեղեխ”, in Ałayan Ē. B., Sewak G. G., editors, Hayocʿ lezvi homanišneri baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Synonyms] (in Armenian), Yerevan: Academy Press

Middle Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Armenian մեղեխ (mełex).

Noun[edit]

մեղեխ (mełex)

  1. mace (weapon)

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971–1979), “մեղեխ”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, Yerevan: University Press, published 1926–1935

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 arkanelto put a handle to, to set in a handle; to haft
    հանել զմեղեխ‎ ― hanel zmełexto take off the handle, to take out of the handle; to unhaft

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • Petrosean, H. Matatʿeay V. (1879), “մեղեխ”, in Nor Baṙagirkʿ Hay-Angliarēn [New Dictionary Armenian–English], Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • Awetikʿean, G.; Siwrmēlean, X.; Awgerean, M. (1836–1837), “մեղեխ”, in Nor baṙgirkʿ haykazean lezui [New Dictionary of the Armenian Language] (in Old Armenian), Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971–1979), “մեղեխ”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, Yerevan: University Press, published 1926–1935
  • Martirosyan, Hrach (2010) Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 8), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 460
  • J̌ahukyan, Geworg (1987) Hayocʿ lezvi patmutʿyun; naxagrayin žamanakašrǰan [History of the Armenian language: The Pre-Literary Period] (in Armenian), Yerevan: Academy Press, page 355, 438