οὐρανός

Ancient GreekEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Perhaps from an older *ϝορσανός (*worsanós), which may be related to Proto-Indo-European *h₁worseye-, from *h₁wers- (rain) (compare Sanskrit वर्षति (varṣati, it rains).

Considering the above supposition it could also come from *h₁wer- (broad). Thus somewhat cognate with Sanskrit वरुण (váruṇa, sea god) and अर्णव (arṇava, ocean).

A folk etymology advanced by Aristotle interpreted it as ὅρος (hóros, limit) and ἄνω (ánō, up).

PronunciationEdit

 

NounEdit

οὐρᾰνός (ouranósm (genitive οὐρᾰνοῦ); second declension

  1. the vaulted sky, on which the stars were attached and the sun traveled: sky, heaven
  2. the region above this vault, the home of the gods
  3. (philosophy) the universe
  4. anything shaped like the sky: vaulted ceiling, tent

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DescendantsEdit

  • Greek: ουρανός (ouranós)

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