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|simp. and trad.
An imported word from the Western Regions, derived from a word in a source language meaning “lion”.
- Sogdian of the Buddhist texts šrγω, gen. sing. šrγωy. Sogdian of the Manichean texts šrωγ, Middle Parthian of Turfan šgr, šgr-z‘dg (“cub of lion”). Middle Persian šgr ... Here sarau is from *sarāva- but, since -g- is absent in mura- 'bird' < mr̥ga-, it would be possible to trace sarau to [Proto-Iranian] *sargāva- and so to base sar-g-, as for Sogdian and M.Parthian.