Τετάρτη, 25 Μαΐου 2011

Etymology of albatross

Origin of the word albatross.
The word albatross comes from the Portuguese alcatraz (pelican) from the Arabic al-câdous or al-ġaţţās (a pelican; lit. the diver), from the Greek word kados [jar; Gr: κάδος ] in reference to the pelican's pouch. The spelling was influenced by the Latin albus (white).


In modern Greek (Romeika)
a) kados: jar [Gr: κάδος]
b) albatros: albatross [Gr: άλμπατρος; loanword]


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