ունկն

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Etymology[edit]

From *ուն- ‎(*un-), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ows-, +‎ -կն ‎(-kn). The was added perhaps under the influence of ակն ‎(akn, eye)). The sense of “handle” was formed by association.

Noun[edit]

ունկն ‎(unkn)

  1. ear
    ունկն դնել, մատուցանել‎ ― unkn dnel, matucʿanel ― to give one's ear to, to lend an ear to, to listen, to hearken, to be attentive
    խօսել յունկանէ‎ ― xōsel yunkanē ― to speak in one's ear; to whisper
    ունկն արկանել‎ ― unkn arkanel ― to obey
    չդնել յունկան‎ ― čʿdnel yunkan ― to disobey
    զոր լուայք յունկանէ‎ ― zor luaykʿ yunkanē ― what has been confided to your year
    եհաս յունկն նորա‎ ― ehas yunkn nora ― it reached even his ears
    ո՛ւնկն դիք‎ ― únkn dikʿ ― listen! attention!
    ունկն եւ բունկն‎ ― unkn ew bunkn ― heard by hearsay, auricular, doubtful

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The word was a singulative, referring to one ear. For plural ականջք ‎(akanǰkʿ) was used.

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Noun[edit]

ունկն ‎(unkn)

  1. handle (of a cup, jar, door)

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References[edit]

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