Shift #3963

owl — witch, sorceress

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Realization
Type Semantic evolution
Language 1 Latin
Language 2 Italian
Lexeme 1 strix
Lexeme 2 strige
Meaning 1 a kind of owl, regarded as a bird of ill omen, sometimes as a vampire or evil spirit
Direction
Meaning 2 witch
Reference Glare 1828-1829
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Comment From Ancient Greek στρίξ 'owl'. Also Latin striga 'an evil spirit supposed to howl in the night, vampire'. Spanish estrige 'a kind of owl', Portuguese estrige 'owl' and 'witch', Romanian strigă 'barn owl' and 'evil spirit', Friulian strie 'witch', Ligurian, Lombard stria 'witch'
Realization
Type Polysemy
Language Spanish
Lexeme bruja
Meaning 1 owl
Direction
Meaning 2 witch
Reference Narumov 1995
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