ვიგრი

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Old Georgian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Iranian *vagr,[1] according to Ačaṙyan, via Old Armenian վագր (vagr, tiger).

The word is first attested in the The Life of King Vakhtang Gorgasali of medieval Georgian chronicler Juansher Juansheriani.

Noun[edit]

ვიგრი (vigri)

  1. Uncertain, but it could have been a type of large animal. see usage notes.

Usage notes[edit]

According to David Chubinashvili’s Грузинский толковый словарь с русскими комментариями, p. 216: "vigri is an animal similar to a lizard but bigger; its skin is dotted with bones, with which (skin) scabbards and other military equipment are covered." According to others the animal in question is a tiger. According to Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani the word stands for a crocodile.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen H. Rapp, Imagining History at the Crossroads: Persia, Byzantium, and the Architects of the Written Georgian Past, Volume 1, p 407