-ուհի

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Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Armenian -ուհի(-uhi); see below.

Suffix[edit]

-ուհի (-uhi)

  1. -ess, -ette. Forms nouns denoting female gender.
    պարուհի(paruhi)female dancer
    երգչուհի(ergčʿuhi)female singer
    սիրուհի(siruhi)mistress
    հայուհի(hayuhi)female Armenian

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Old Armenian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The older spelling is -ուրհի(-urhi). Probably an Iranian borrowing, but the exact source is disputed.

According to Godel, abstracted away (clipped) from one Iranian borrowing, namely թագուրհի(tʿagurhi, queen), and propagated afterwards. In թագուրհի(tʿagurhi) the ending may go back to Old Iranian *-br̥θrya f(carrying)Middle Iranian *-wrhri. An alternative proposal is the derivation from Iranian -purhi. Has also been compared with աւրի-(awri-) in աւրիորդ(awriord).

Suffix[edit]

-ուհի (-uhi)

  1. forming nouns denoting female gender; -ess, -ette
    տիրուհի‎ ― tiruhimistress
    քրմուհի‎ ― kʿrmuhipriestess

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References[edit]

  • J̌ahukyan, Geworg (1998), “-ուհի”, in Hin hayereni verǰacancʿneri cagumə [The Origin of Old Armenian Suffixes] (Hayocʿ lezvi hamematakan kʿerakanutʿyan harcʿer; 2) (in Armenian), Yerevan: Anania Širakacʿi, pages 5–48
  • Godel, Robert (1975) An introduction to the study of classical Armenian, Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, page 63