Lions and Tiger and Bears, Oh My

David L. White dlwhite at
Fri Apr 27 13:01:52 UTC 2001

[ Moderator's note:
  The material quoted is from JoatSimeon at, by way of a reply by Geoff
  --rma ]

>>> Furthermore, PIE lacks vocabulary to describe common Anatolian plant and
>>> animal terms; olives and lions, just to take two examples.  If Anatolian
>>> were indigenous, one would expect to find it with a native vocabulary for
>>> these, and that vocabulary to be preserved in areas (eg., Greece) with
>>> similar biota.

        Just a brief note:  Ancient Anatolia had not only lions, but tigers
(in the eastern part), and leopards.  (Not to mention the usual bears, and
wolves).  Yet it seems that the scariest animals the IEs knew were bears and
wolves.  But of course tabu deformation may be relevant in all this.

Dr. David L. White

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