ciliegia

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the variant ciriegia, from Vulgar Latin ceresia, from the neuter plural of Late Latin ceresium, from Latin cerasium, from Ancient Greek κεράσιον (kerásion, cherry), from κερασός (kerasós, bird cherry), ultimately possibly of Anatolian origin. Alternatively from ciliegio, ciriegio (Tuscan), from Late Latin ceresus, from Latin cerasus. See also cerasa.

Neither -li- or -gi groups are the result of normal phonetical evolutions. Lat. -ra- never evolves to Italian -Li, nor sa-gi
The word is a hypercorrectism (like galera) by Toscans afraid to pronounce the word as a Ligurian dialectalism.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /t͡ʃiˈljɛ.d͡ʒa/[1]
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  • Hyphenation: ci‧liè‧gia
  • Rhymes: -ɛdʒa

Noun[edit]

ciliegia f (plural ciliegie or ciliege)

  1. cherry (fruit)
  2. (color) cherry

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Adjective[edit]

ciliegia (invariable)

  1. cherry (in colour)

References[edit]

  1. ^ ciliegia in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)