ἰχθύς

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *dʰǵʰu-[1], compare Old Armenian ձուկն (jukn) and Lithuanian žuvis. This may be disputed however in light of Hebrew דָּג (dag) and Ugaritic [script?] (dagu), [script?] (dg), both meaning 'fish', suggesting instead a borrowing.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ἰχθύς (ikhthus) (genitive ἰχθύος) m, third declension

  1. fish
  2. (figuratively) stupid person
  3. (plural) fish market

InflectionEdit

Usage notesEdit

Alternative inflected forms exist such as ἰχθῦς (ikhtus) as nominative singular or plural, and ἰχθύας (ikhthúas) as accusative plural.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Julius Pokorny, Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, 1959
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