Re: [tied] Chicken

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 15944
Date: 2002-10-05

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From: Miguel Carrasquer
Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2002 2:21 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Re: More numbers

> The chicken is a late (Roman period?) arrival from SE Asia.
Slightly earlier, though not very ancient. Chickens were known to Babylonians at least about 600 BC, and to the Greeks (Pindar, Aristophanes) in the fifth century BC as "Persian birds". It seems that Germanic *xan-o:n- 'cock' < *kan-o:n- (and *xan-n-jo: < *kan-(e)n-i:), apparently based on (Celtic or Italic) *kan- 'sing, crow' must be old enough to have undergone Grimm's Law.