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Headword: Χονσά
Adler number: chi,392
Translated headword: robber-band
Vetting Status: high
Among Bulgars[1] thieves [are so called].
Greek Original:
Χονσά: παρὰ Βουλγάροις οἱ κλέπται.
According to Professor Victor A. Friedman, the headword χονσά occurs in Russian Church Slavonic. It also occurs in Russian and Old Serbo-Croatian as chusa and in Old Polish as chąsa. It is a borrowing from Gothic hansa 'crowd' and in Russian means 'ambush'; in Old Serbo-Croatian and Old Polish 'robbery'.
Despite the plural in the gloss, the form of the headword is a nominative singular a-stem.
[1] beta 423.
Max Vasmer, Ėtimologicheskii slovar' russkogo ︠i︡azyka. Perevod s nemetskogo i dopolneni︠i︡a O.N. Trubacheva, vol.4, Moscow 1973.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; history
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 1 April 2008@17:24:21.
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Catharine Roth (typo) on 1 April 2008@21:31:13.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 2 April 2008@04:02:12.
Catharine Roth (modified note with information provided by Professor Victor A. Friedman) on 30 January 2010@17:43:12.
Catharine Roth on 30 January 2010@18:18:20.
Catharine Roth on 30 January 2010@20:09:15.
David Whitehead (x-ref; tweaking) on 12 November 2013@07:33:00.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 30 November 2014@18:56:05.


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