Re: [tied] Lynx (was: "Fish" in Slavic)

From: Joao S. Lopes
Message: 45493
Date: 2006-07-24

Romance *luncia, *loncia > French lonce, once, Italian lonza.

"Brian M. Scott" <BMScott@...> escreveu:
At 8:12:22 PM on Saturday, July 22, 2006, Grzegorz
Jagodzinski wrote:


> And btw. Are there any theories on Latin (medieval?)
> uncia? (not present in my dictionaries)

It appears to be medieval, yes.

> A borrowing from Greek? When? With y > u, so rather old.
> Or maybe an inherited word? Anyway, it is the scientific
> name of snow leopard. And *l- disappeared here completely.
> Why?

I imagine that <uncea> is a medieval Latinization of OFr
<once>, the source of English <ounce>. The OFr looks like a
misanalysis of OFr <lonce> (as <l'once>), though the latter
is only attested a bit later.



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