Bergamask

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Italian bergamasco(from Bergamo), itself from German Bergheim(mountain home)

Another potential derivation of modern-day Bergamo could be from the Latin "Pergamum", the alternative name for Troy. This would make sense, given the stress would still be on the antepenult; also, the P sound is often interchangeable with B in modern Italian. Furthermore, the shift from the neuter ending "-um" to an "-o" is well documented and widespread in modern Italian.

Adjective[edit]

Bergamask (not comparable)

  1. Of or characteristic of Bergamo, Italy.
    • 1594-6 "Will it please you to see the epilogue, or to hear a Bergomask dance between two of our company?" — Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Noun[edit]

Bergamask (plural Bergamasks)

  1. A native or inhabitant of Bergamo
  2. A rustic dance, supposedly typical of the region