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երախայ

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Old ArmenianEdit

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EtymologyEdit

According to Ačaṙyan, from a hypothetical Classical Syriac *raxā, which, he says, is also the source of Middle Persian lsyk', lhyk' (rahīg, child, page).

The original meaning is an “unbaptized person”; it was used for both children and grown-ups. Later, as it became customary to be baptized in childhood, the word received the sense of a “child”.

The spelling երեխայ (erexay) arose due to the assimilation to the first vowel.

See also Արախա (Araxa).

NounEdit

երախայ (eraxay)

  1. (Christianity) unbaptized person; catechumen
  2. newborn child; child that cannot yet speak

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AdjectiveEdit

երախայ (eraxay)

  1. child- or simple-minded, silly

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ReferencesEdit

  • Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971–1979), “երախայ”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, Yerevan: University Press
  • Awetikʿean, G.; Siwrmēlean, X.; Awgerean, M. (1836–1837), “երախայ”, in Nor baṙgirkʿ haykazean lezui [New Dictionary of the Armenian Language] (in Old Armenian), Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • Petrosean, H. Matatʿeay V. (1879), “երախայ”, in Nor Baṙagirkʿ Hay-Angliarēn [New Dictionary Armenian–English], Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy