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EtymologyEdit

The original spelling is յաւն (yawn), of uncertain origin.

Martirosyan proposes derivation from յ- (y-, in, on, at) +‎ *աւ-ն- (*aw-n-), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃kʷ-n-, from *h₃ekʷ- (eye). For the *-n- he compares Sanskrit अक्षि (ákṣi), genitive singular अक्ष्णाः (akṣ-ṇ-áḥ).

NounEdit

յօն (yōn)

  1. (usually in the plural) eyebrows
    յօնք սեաւyōnkʿ seawdark eyebrows
    յօնք կամարաձեւyōnkʿ kamarajewfinely arched eyebrows
    յօնք թաւyōnkʿ tʿawbushy eyebrows
    յօնք անօսրyōnkʿ anōsrthin eyebrows
    յօնք նրբինyōnkʿ nrbinsmall eyebrows
    յօնք ի վայր անկեալyōnkʿ i vayr ankealhanging eyebrows
    յօնք ամբարհաւաճyōnkʿ ambarhawačhaughty eyebrows
    յօնք սպառնալիցyōnkʿ spaṙnalicʿthreatening eyebrows
    ամբառնալ զյօնս, զյօնս վեր ի վայր տանելambaṙnal zyōns, zyōns ver i vayr tanelto raise the brows through superciliousness, to put on an arch look, to look arch
    պռստել, ի վեր պրկել զյօնսpṙstel, i ver prkel zyōnsto frown, to knit the brow, to look sour or angry
    զյօնսն հանելzyōnsn hanelto paint the eyebrows
    յօնօք ակնարկելyōnōkʿ aknarkelto wink, to wink at
  2. (figuratively) lofty countenance, stately look, superciliousness, haughtiness
    վանել զյօննvanel zyōnnto put off pomp or pride

Usage notesEdit

The singular was rarely used.

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ReferencesEdit

  • Petrosean, H. Matatʿeay V. (1879), “յօն”, in Nor Baṙagirkʿ Hay-Angliarēn [New Dictionary Armenian–English], Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • Awetikʿean, G.; Siwrmēlean, X.; Awgerean, M. (1836–1837), “յօն”, in Nor baṙgirkʿ haykazean lezui [New Dictionary of the Armenian Language] (in Old Armenian), Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971–1979), “յօն”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, reprint of the original 1926–1935 seven-volume edition, Yerevan: University Press
  • J̌ahukyan, Geworg (1987) Hayocʿ lezvi patmutʿyun; naxagrayin žamanakašrǰan [History of the Armenian language: The Pre-Literary Period] (in Armenian), Yerevan: Academy Press, page 261
  • Martirosyan, Hrach (2010) Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 8), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 491