Schrijver, Peter






2015
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Schrijver, Peter, “The meaning of Celtic *eburos”, in: Oudaer, Guillaume, Gaël Hily, and Herve Le Bihan (eds), Mélanges en l’honneur de Pierre-Yves Lambert, Rennes: TIR, 2015. 65–76.

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“The meaning of Celtic *eburos
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Guillaume Oudaer (ed.) • Gaël Hily (ed.) • Hervé Le Bihan (ed.), Mélanges en l’honneur de Pierre-Yves Lambert (2015)
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65–76
Year
2015
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There is no doubt that Proto-Celtic possessed a phytonym *eburos. It survives as Old Irish ibar, Middle Welsh efwr, Middle Breton (h)evor. Although we lack control over their lexical meanings, numerous Continental Celtic names beginning with Ebur(o)- can be connected with this etymon, too. The general assumption is that the original meaning of the phytonym is ‘yew tree’: Sanz et al (2011, 450-1), Matasović (2009, 112), Sims-Williams (2006, 78) and Delamarre (2003, 159-60) are some of the most recent proponents of that idea. A notable exception is Dagmar Wodtko (2000), who did not assign a meaning to the proto-form. The aim of this paper is to show that *eburos did not mean ‘yew tree’.
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Celtic languages Proto-Celtic
historical and comparative linguistics etymology (linguistics)

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Proto-Celtic *eburos • Irish ibar • Welsh efwr • Breton (h)evor

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Dennis Groenewegen