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Ancient GreekEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Unknown; possibly from a substrate language, according to Beekes.

  • One suggestion derives it from the Greek word for the Mediterranean cypress (Cupressus sempervirens, κυπάρισσος), or from the Greek word for the plant henna (Lawsonia alba, κύπρος).
  • Another suggestion says Cyprus owes its name to the King Cyprus, whose daughter Eune married Teucer, son of the king of Salamis Telamon, when he came to exile after the Trojan war and founded the city of Salamis in Cyprus.
  • Georges Dossin suggests that the roots of the word are in the Sumerian word for copper ([script needed] (zubar)) or bronze ([script needed] (kubar)), from the large copper reserves on the island, but Beekes states the similarity is accidental.
  • More ancient etymologies about the origin of the island's name are given by Stephanus of Byzantium in his work Ἐθνικά[1]

PronunciationEdit

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /ký.pros/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /ˈky.pros/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /ˈky.pros/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /ˈcy.pros/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /ˈci.pros/
  • Proper nounEdit

    Κῠ́προς (Kúprosf (genitive Κῠ́πρου); second declension

    1. Cyprus

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    GreekEdit

    EtymologyEdit

    From Ancient Greek Κύπρος (Kúpros).

    Proper nounEdit

    Κύπρος (Kýprosf

    1. Cyprus

    DeclensionEdit

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    In the Cypriot dialect:

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