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Nakre arabice cornicula.


Nakre is Arabic for Latin cornicula {"(little) crow, rook"}.


Simon's often quoted source, the liber de doctrina arabica, has so far not been identified, but cf., what must be a similar glossary/dictionary - Vocabulista - ed. Schiaparelli (1871: 206) [[1]]: ﻧﻐﺮﺓ /naḡra/ Cornicula (1871: 320): ﻧﻐﺮﺓ /naḡra/, ﻧﻐﺮ /naḡar/. Also in: Dozy (1877-81: II.692): ﻧﻐﺮﺓ /naḡra/, pl. ﻧﻐﺮ /naḡar/ Corneille {i.e. "crow, rook"} quoting Vocabulista as one of his sources.

Simonet (1888: 395), s.v. NÁGAR [[2]] derives this word from Latin nigra {"black"} and Corriente (1989: 305-6) agrees with him: *NGR >nagrah + nagar< corneja {i.e. “crow”}. De nĭgra …<

Cf. Lane (1984: 2817), ﻧﻐﺮﺓ /nuḡra/, which is glossed: a species of sparrows or a sparrow-like bird.

WilfGunther 11:51, 11 August 2014 (BST)

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