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Etymology of ostrich

Posted by Johannes on 7 April 2009

Etymology of ostrich.
Ostrich derives from the old French ostruce from the late Latin struthio (ostrich), which is a transliteration of the Greek struthion (ostrich; στρουθίον) from struthos melage (big sparrow).

From the same root:
French: autruche

In modern Greek.
a) struthocamelos: ostrich [στρουθοκάμηλος]
b) struthio: sparrow [στρουθίο]

Το ostrich προέρχεται από το αρχαίο Γαλλικό ostruce από το Λατινικό struthio, το οποίο αποτελεί μεταγραφή του ελληνικού στρουθίον.

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