ἤπειρος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Hellenic *ā́peri̯os, from Proto-Indo-European *Heh₂per- (Beekes) or *h₂eh₁/h₂per-io- (Kroonen). Cognates include Proto-Germanic *ōferaz and possibly Old Armenian ափն ‎(apʿn); see those for more. If the appurtenance of Armenian is accepted, we may be dealing with a heteroclitic r/n-stem.

According to Specht apud Olsen, this Indo-European root is a vrddhi derivative from the etymon of Sanskrit अपर ‎(ápara, posterior, later, latter).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

ἤπειρος ‎(ḗpeirosf ‎(genitive ἠπείρου); second declension

  1. mainland, land
  2. The mainland of Greece
  3. continent
  4. inland areas (as opposed to coastal areas)

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References[edit]

  • Kroonen, Guus (2013), “*ōf(e)ra-”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 394
  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010), “ἤπειρος”, in Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), volume I, with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 523
  • Olsen, Birgit Anette (1999) The noun in Biblical Armenian: origin and word-formation: with special emphasis on the Indo-European heritage (Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs; 119), Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter, page 136
  • Pokorny, Julius (1959), “āpero-”, in Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume I, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, page 53