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From Ancient GreekΑἰαία (Aiaia), the name of the island on which Circe, a sorceress, lived.
Much loved by "weird word" lists. Can't see any usage though. Ƿidsiþ 13:35, 29 March 2009 (UTC)
At least the Greek origin seems to be correct. It’s a question of transliteration. On the Greek Wikipedia under el:w:Κίρκη: Η Κίρκη ζούσε στο νησί στο οποίο ήταν βασίλισσα, την Αιαία... (Circe lived on the island of Aiaia, where she became a queen...).
Not in the OED (checked today) ... The w:English words with uncommon properties list says: For the purposes of this article, any word which has appeared in a recognised general English dictionary published in the 20th century or later is considered a candidate. That is not the case - the only dictionary this seems to appear in is allwords.com ... but they pull their contents off from here. Regretfully, looks like a candidate for deletion. -Iakub 15:15, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
also appears in 'A smaller classical dictionary of biography, mythology, and geography' By Sir William Smith. On Google Books on pg15220.127.116.11 01:14, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
RFV failed, entry moved to talk-page. —RuakhTALK 18:21, 7 November 2009 (UTC)
In Latin dictionaries (and also in Wikipedia) this name (it's a proper name) is listed as Aeaea. Aeaeae is genitive of it. Such words usually do not keep genitive when borrowing. 18.104.22.168 11:12, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
It would make sense for this to be derived from the genitive, since this isn't about the island itself, but about something associated with it. It looks to me like a word coined by borrowing directly from the Latin form, so it doesn't follow the usual historical rules. At any rate, it's failed rfv and been deleted as a dictionary-only term, so it's moot anyway. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:27, 29 July 2013 (UTC)