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Ancient GreekEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Unknown.

According to Beekes, variations in spelling indicate "a typical" Pre-Greek substrate word. He also supported Furnée's comparison with μύκηρος (múkēros, almond, kind of a nut) and a couple of Anatolian words related to sweetness.

Alternatively, Blažek considers it possible to allow for Semitic provenance. Even though the well-known root for “almond” is *θiqd-, cf. שָׁקֵד(šāqēd), he hypothesises that it might have been contaminated with the Canaanite Semitic *dáqal- “date”, resulting in a significant semantic shift of the borrowed Phoenician-Hebrew *midqalā “place planted with date-palms”.

PronunciationEdit

 

NounEdit

ᾰ̓μῠγδᾰ́λη (amugdálēf (genitive ᾰ̓μῠγδᾰ́λης); first declension

  1. almond
  2. peach stone

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DescendantsEdit

  • Greek: αμύγδαλο (amýgdalo)
  • Latin: amygdala

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