Re: [tied] Chicken

From: João Simões Lopes Filho
Message: 15947
Date: 2002-10-05

But *xano:n can mean only "the singing bird, the crowing bird". It's not necessarily so old. And how about Latin gallus, galli:na ? What's its origin?
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From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2002 10:25 AM
Subject: Re: [tied] Chicken

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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.

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