𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬎𐬎𐬀

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Avestan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Iranian *daiva- (compare Old Persian 𐎭𐎡𐎺 (daiva) and Persian دیو (dēw)), from Proto-Indo-Iranian (compare Sanskrit देव (devá)), from Proto-Indo-European *deywós.

Semantic shift from original Indo-Iranian "god". In Indo-Aryan it retains this meaning, but it changes in Old Iranian into "demon".

Noun[edit]

𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬎𐬎𐬀 • (daēuuam f 𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬎𐬎𐬍 (daēuuī), nom. pl 𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬎𐬎𐬃𐬢𐬵𐬋 (daēuuā̊ŋhō)

  1. demon
  2. daeva

References[edit]

  • García, Javier Martínez; de Vaan, Michiel (2014) Introduction to Avestan (Brill Introductions to Indo-European Languages; 1), Brill, ISBN 9789004258099