30 June 2015

crow is veles (revisited)

veles = crow (noun) (Some things Google found for "veles": a very common term; major Slavic God of cattle, commerce, music, divination and the underworld; name of a black metal band from Poland; genus of birds containing only the brown nightjar of cental Africa; veles is the singular of velites which is a class of infantry in the early Roman Republic; an unusual last name; Velež (named after the Slavic god Veles) is a mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina; name of a municipality and a town in Macedonia)

Word derivation for "crow" :
Basque = bele, Finnish = varis
Miresua = veles

My previous Miresua word for crow was velas. This is a small change, which I'm making partly because veles seems more ominous than velas. In Spanish and Portuguese velas means candles or sails.

The word crow doesn't occur in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but it occurs five times in Through the Looking-Glass. This quote is from an old song Alice recites.
"...Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel."

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