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Middle Persian[edit]


According to Eilers, perhaps from *ča/inā-βara- ‎(favour-bringing, favorable). For the the constituents see *čan- and Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-.

On the other hand, in view of Old Armenian ճանդարի ‎(čandari, plane tree), Martirosyan prefers to posit *čana(h)-dāra- ‎(literally auspicious tree), with the same first component but with *dāra- ‎(tree) (from Proto-Indo-European *dóru), which yielded Parthian *čan(a)dār- (through early syncope) on the one hand (and hence the Armenian borrowing), and Middle Persian *čanayār (intervocalic -d- → -y-) → *čanyār (syncope) → *čēnyār (y-epenthesis) → cynʾl ‎(čē/inār) on the other.

The implication is that the plane is thought to be an auspicious tree, in a manner associated with spirits. A reason for this could be the fact that the leaves of this tree tremble in the slightest wind.


cynʾl ‎(činār)

  1. oriental plane tree