Learn easily Greek via the linguistic relationships and the roots of the English words.

Etymology of wolf

Posted by Johannes on 23 January 2011

Origin of the word wolf .
The word wolf is related to the Latιn lupus (wolf) and the Greek lycos (wolf; Gr: λύκος).

In modern Greek:
a) lycos: wolf [Gr: λύκος]
b) lycophilia: a spurious/sham friendship [lit.: friendship between wolfs (lycos+philia); Gr.: λυκοφιλία]


___________________________________ Post 162. ___________________________

2 Responses to “Etymology of wolf”

  1. NK said

    Doesn’t the word wolf, in German origin, come from the term vulpes?

  2. simonjkyte said

    There is a complication here because it is a specific type of IndoEuropean animal noun which behaves oddly – and that’s because it was treated as taboo. It does some sound shifting because it is not to be pronounced.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: