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EtymologyEdit

Uncertain. Has traditionally been connected with νήχω (nḗkhō, I swim) (from Proto-Indo-European *(s)neh₂- (to flow, to swim)). Alternatively, if its meaning "island" has developed from a more original meaning "headland, cape", it may be, like Proto-Germanic *nasją (foothill; headland, cape) and Bulgarian нос (nos, nose; cape, promontory), a derivation from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂s (nose); only the origin of -s-, which is not usually preserved in Greek, then remains unclear. Has also been connected with Latin īnsula, but the resemblance appears to be accidental. Ultimately, perhaps a Pre-Greek borrowing.

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νῆσος (nêsosf (genitive νήσου); second declension

  1. island

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