What is the translation of the word “fox” to Greek?

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Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek

Ancient Greek ἀλώπηξ /alɔ́ːpɛːks/; this ends up as Modern /aleˈpu/ via the Hellenistic variant ἀλωπά, somehow: Λεξικό της κοινής νεοελληνικής.

In English, the Ancient word for fox has given us alopecia: Hair loss

The origin of this usage is because this animal sheds its coat twice a year, or because in ancient Greece foxes often lost hair because of mange.

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