ἀν-

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *n̥- ‎(not, un-) when followed by laryngeal and a vowel. i.e. in an open syllable of the n̥HV- form. Akin to νη- ‎(nē-), νᾱ- ‎(nā-) and νω- ‎(nō-) which are closed-syllable reflexes of the n̥h₁C-, n̥h₂C-, n̥h₃C- forms, respectively.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Prefix[edit]

ἀν- ‎(an-)

  1. Alternative form of ἀ- ‎(a-) used before a vowel.

References[edit]

  • Robert S. P. Beekes (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, volume 1, page 1