Greek saura f. & sauros m. “Lizard”



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Indo-European Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

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Keywords Greek; Semitic; Minoan; Zoonym; etymology
Description The purpose of the present article is the explanation of the origin of the Greek designation of “lizard”, saura f. & sauros m. The first step presents the textual and lexicographic documentation. In the second step the existing etymological attempts are discussed. The third step offers a new solution proposing the Semitic origin of this reptile name. Finally, some appealing arguments from Minoan epigraphy are added.
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