ἔχις

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

Traditionally derived from a Proto-Indo-European *h₁égʰi- with cognates including Sanskrit अहि (áhi), Avestan 𐬀𐬲𐬌(aži) and Old Armenian իժ (). However, the letter chi (χ) is expected to derive from a palatal consonant (ǵ) and so these terms are now generally connected with ὄφις (óphis), leaving the origins of ἔχις a mystery. Some now consider this a taboo corruption of Proto-Indo-European *h₁ógʷʰi-, *h₁égʷʰi-.

PronunciationEdit

 

NounEdit

ἔχις (ékhism or f (genitive ἔχῐος or ἔχεως); third declension

  1. snake, adder, viper

Usage notesEdit

  • Primarily masculine, sometimes feminine.

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