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Νεφελοκοκκυγία

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Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From νεφέλη (nephélē, cloud) +‎ κόκκῡξ (kókkūx, cuckoo) +‎ -ῐ́ᾱ (-íā).

PronunciationEdit

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /ne.pʰe.lo.kok.kyː.ɡí.aː/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /nɛ.pʰɛ.lo.kok.kyˈɡi.a/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /ne.ɸe.lo.kok.kyˈɣi.a/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /ne.fe.lo.ko.cyˈʝi.a/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /ne.fe.lo.ko.ciˈʝi.a/
  • Proper nounEdit

    Νεφελοκοκκῡγῐ́ᾱ (Nephelokokkūgíāf (genitive Νεφελοκοκκῡγῐ́ᾱς); first declension

    1. cloud-cuckoo-land
      • 414 BCE, Aristophanes, The Birds 819
        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?
        Pisthétairos: boúlei Nephelokokkugían?
        Épops: ioù ioú: kalón g᾽ atekhnôs sù kaì még᾽ hēûres toúnoma!
        Euelpídēs: âr᾽ estìn hautēgì Nephelokokkugía, hína kaì tà Theogénous tà pollà khrḗmata tá t᾽ Aiskhínou g᾽ hápanta?
        • Translation by Ian Johnston
          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

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

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