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Etymology of beret

Posted by Johannes on 1 October 2011

Beret (cap; earlier, berret) is from the diminutive form birretum of the Latin birrus (large hooded cloak). It is either of Gaulish origin or it is related to the red colour [burrus: red] of the wool of which it was made. Burrus is related to the Greek word pyrros [Gr: πυρρός] meaning red, the colour of the fire, from pyr [Gr: πύρ], fire.


In modern Greek:
a) pyr: n. fire [Gr: πυρ]
b) pyrosvestis: fireman, fire fighter [Gr: πυροσβέστης]
c) pyrotechnima: firework, pyrotechnics [Gr: πυροτέχνημα]
d) pyrotechnurgos: pyrotechnist [Gr: πυροτεχνουργός]
e) pyromanis: pyromaniac [Gr: πυρομανής]
f) pyrolysi: pyrolysis [Gr: πυρόλυση]
g) pyrovolo: to shoot, fire, gun [Gr: πυροβολώ]
h) pyrkayia: n. fire, conflagration [Gr: πυρκαγιά]
i) beres: beret [Gr: μπερές]; loanworn

 

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