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The Greek word "khampsai"

 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:22 am    Post subject: The Greek word "khampsai" Reply with quote

The Greek word χαμψαι [khampsai] is said in an Ancient Greek source to be an Egyptian word for "crocodiles". Please do any of you know its correct Egyptian form and hieroglyphic spelling?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rainer Hannig : Grosses Handwoerterbuch Aegyptisch-Deutsch - Die Sprache der Pharaonen - 2800-950 v.Chr. - Mainz : Zabern Verlag, 1995. - [2nd Ed 1997] gives different terms for crocodile. On page 158 ...


[*gluttonous spirit (Crocodile as a demonic animal)]

... could possibly come into question, by sound?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another word for crocodile from Hannig I, 1997, page 674 is :


used in the sense of "the dangerous one".

"aXm-swy" sounds in my ear a little like this Greek word ... However, that is certainly no linguistics correct derivation (for which I also do not have the necessary expertiese).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From this one use in Greek literature, the element "-champsus" has been used abundantly to mean "crocodile" in forming biological names for fossil extinct crocodilians.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the advice of a friend (thanks to A.K. Eyma) ...

Werner Vycichl : Dictionnaire Etymologique de La Langue Copte. - Leuven : Peeters, 1983. - ISBN : 2801701971. - 542 p. - Page 123 :


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