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Etymology of buffalo

Posted by Johannes on 23 November 2008

Etymology of buffalo

Buffalo derives from the Portoguese bufalo, which in turn came from the Latin bufalus, a variant of bubalus (wild ox), which is merely a transliteration of the Greek boubalos (buffalo; βούβαλος), from bous (ox, cow; βους).

In modern Greek
a) bubalos (or vuvalos or vuvali): buffalo [βούβαλος]
b) bubala (or vuvala): female buffalo [βουβάλα]

Το buffalo προέρχεται από το Πορτογαλλικό bufalo, από το Λατινικό bufalus, παραλλαγή του bubalus, το οποίο απλώς αποτελεί μεταγραφή του Ελληνικού βούβαλος.

bubalus –> bufalus –> bufalo –> buffalo

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