ἴυγξ

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From ἰύζω (iúzō, shout, yell). Beekes reconstructs Pre-Greek *wʲug-[1].

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

ἴυγξ (íunxf (genitive ἴυγγος); third declension

  1. Eurasian wryneck (Jynx torquilla)
    1. (figurative) spell, charm
    2. passionate yearning

Usage notes[edit]

  • The ancient wizards and witches used to bind it to a wheel, which they turned round, believing that they drew men’s hearts along with it and charmed them to obedience; hence it was much used to recover unfaithful lovers. This operation was called ἕλκειν ἴυγγα ἐπί τινι (hélkein íunga epí tini, to set the magic bird against someone).

Inflection[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Latin: iynx

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beekes, Robert S.P. (2008) , “Palatalized Consonants in Pre-Greek”, in Evidence and Counter-Evidence: Essays in honour of Frederik Kortlandt. Volume 1: Balto-Slavic and Indo-European Linguistics (Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics; 32), pages 45–56