NABOKV-L post 0014978, Sat, 24 Feb 2007 10:27:24 +0100

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Re: JF's reply to BB on azure (and blue birds and butterflies)]
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JF:

Note to Jansy: if our Russian speakers tell us the etymology of
/lazur'/, I'll bet the /l/ is not from Persian but the French
definite article.


Dear Jerry,

What would you like to bet on?
Azure > med. Latin azzurum, azolum from Arabic al [=the] + lazaward from
Persian lazward = lapis lazuli.

A. Bouazza.

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