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Borrowed from Byzantine Greek κατοῦνα (katoûna, soldier's tent, tent camp).[1][2] Orel derives it as compound of ka (out, from) and tund (to shake, dangle), supposedly a calque of South Slavic *kolyba (hut), folk-etymologized from *kolybati (to shake);[3] however, Slavic is actually a loan from Ancient Greek καλύβη (kalúbē).


katund m (indefinite plural katunde, definite singular katundi, definite plural katundet)

  1. village
    Gjithmonë kanë jetuar në katund.
    They have always lived in the village.
  2. (historical) community of herdsmen
  3. (historical) widely spread-out village
  4. (Arvanitic) henhouse; disarray


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  1. ^ Demetrios Moutsos, “Middle Greek ϰατοῦνα and Albanian katunt”, Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung 88, no. 1 (1974): 59–73.
  2. ^ Topalli, Kolec (2017), “katund”, in Fjalor Etimologjik i Gjuhës Shqipe, Durrës, Albania: Jozef, page 736
  3. ^ Orel, Vladimir (1998), “katund”, in Albanian Etymological Dictionary, Leiden, Boston, Cologne: Brill, →ISBN, page 174