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Etymology of cannon

Posted by Johannes on 2 January 2011

Origin of the word cannon
The word cannon comes from the old French canon, from the Italian cannone (large tube) from the Latin canna (reed, tube), which is a transliteration of the Greek canna (cane, reed; Gr: κάννα). See also post 158 “Etymology of cane” here.

In modern Greek (Romeika):
a) cannoni: cannon [Gr: καννόνι]
Post 159.


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