Latin nominatives and animal names (cf. Bossie)

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Apr 28 15:22:12 UTC 2006

We do name our lions Leo, not Leon.  (At the moment, that's
the only other stereo- or prototypical animal name I can
think of that resembles the Latin common noun designating
the species.)


>It's difficult to derive "Bossie" from _bov-_. Derivation
from a nominative rather than from a stem is very, very
rare, though not unknown or impossible.

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