The Alternative Ancient Greek Dictionary: κύων

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κύων 〈kýōn〉 etymology From Proto-Indo-European *ḱwṓ 〈*ḱwṓ〉. Cognates include Latin canis, Sanskrit श्वन् 〈śvan〉 and Old English hund (English hound). The final in the nominative singular which was absent in *ḱwṓ 〈*ḱwṓ〉 was restored in Greek by analogy to other forms in the paradigm. pronunciation {{grc-ipa-rows}}
noun: {{grc-noun}}
  1. a dog
  2. a bitch
  3. (pejorative) a bitch
  4. an offensive person
  • The alternate forms κύων (vocative singular) and κύνεσσι (dative plural) also exist.
  • Greek: κυνικός 〈kynikós〉, κυνο- 〈kyno-〉

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