shqip

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Albanian[edit]

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Either deverbal from shqipoj (to speak clearly), or else from shqipe, shkype, dialectal forms of shkabë (eagle), according to a tribal totemic belief linked to the Albanian medieval flag. Replaced the now dialectal (Arbërësh, Arvantika) arbër ~ arbën.

Peter Skok suggested that this word is originated from Scupi (Shkupi), the capital of the Roman province of Dardania (today's Skopje).[2] According to Peter Skok Albanian demonym Shkuptar (as in inhabitant of Skopje) changed to Shkiptar, which is still used among Arvanitis Albanians in Greece, and later to Shqiptar [3].

Adjective[edit]

shqip m (feminine shqipe)

  1. Albanian
    gjuha shqipe - the Albanian language

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