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Unknown; possibly from a Pre-Greek 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 Telamon the king of Salamis) 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 from the Sumerian 𒌓𒅗𒁇 (ud-ka-bar /zabar, kabar/, bronze, copper, literally shining, bright, metallic), 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]



Proper nounEdit

Κῠ́προς (Kúprosf (genitive Κῠ́πρου); second declension

  1. Cyprus


Derived termsEdit


  • Latin: cuprum


  1. ^ “Ψηφιακή Αρχαία Κυπριακή Γραμματεία”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 6 December 2017, archived from the original on 5 October 2017

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From Ancient Greek Κύπρος (Kúpros).

Proper nounEdit

Κύπρος (Kýprosf

  1. Cyprus


Related termsEdit

In the Cypriot dialect:

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