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Νεφελοκοκκυγία

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From νεφέλη (nephélē, cloud) + κόκκυξ (kókkuks, cuckoo)

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Νεφελοκοκκυγία (Nephelokokkugía) (genitive Νεφελοκοκκυγίας) f, first declension

  1. cloud-cuckoo-land
    • 414 BCE, Aristophanes, The Birds, translation by Ian Johnston:
      Πισθέταιρος: βούλει Νεφελοκοκκυγίαν?
      Ἔποψ: ἰοὺ ἰού: καλόν γ᾽ ἀτεχνῶς σὺ καὶ μέγ᾽ ηὗρες τοὔνομα!
      Ἐυελπίδης: ἆρ᾽ ἐστὶν αὑτηγὶ Νεφελοκοκκυγία, ἵνα καὶ τὰ Θεογένους τὰ πολλὰ χρήματα τά τ᾽ Αἰσχίνου γ᾽ ἅπαντα?
      Pisthetairos: boulei Nephelekokkugian?
      Epops: iou iou: kalon g' atekhnōs su kai meg' ēures tounoma!
      Euelpidēs: ar' estin autēgi Nephelokokkugia, ina kai ta polla khrēmata ta t' Aiskhinou g' apanta?
      Pisthetairos: Well, then, how do you like this: Cloudcuckooland?
      Chorus leader: Yes! That’s good! You’ve come up with a name that’s really wonderful—it’s great!
      Euelpides: Hang on, is this Cloudcuckooland the very spot where Theogenes keeps lots of money, and Aeschines hides all his assets?

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Proper nounEdit

Νεφελοκοκκυγία (Nefelokokkygíaf,  uncountable

  1. cloud-cuckoo-land, a utopia, imaginary place with unrealistic or silly people.

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