Alternative formsEdit

  • kec, keç, kece, qith (Gheg)
  • plural: kedha


Dialectal; either (1) a blend of synonyms kec + edh, or (2) a singularized plural of *kadh, from Proto-Albanian *kadza, from Proto-Indo-European *koǵʰos (compare Serbo-Croatian koza ‘goat’, Old English hæcen ‘kid’). Dialectal qith has been influenced by qengj (variants qingjth, qîgj) ‘lamb’.[1]. A possible relation with Germanic *kiðjan (cf. Old Norse kið (kid), Old High German kizzi (id)) has been proposed, although this remains doubtful[2].


kedh m (indefinite plural kedhë, definite singular kedhi)

  1. (dialectal) goat kid under a year old



  1. ^ Bardhyl Demiraj, Albanische Etymologien (Amsterdam - Atlanta: Rodopoi, 1997), 341.
  2. ^ A Handbook of Germanic Etymology, V.Orel, Brill, Leiden Boston 2003, p.214
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