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Subject: attn. Kassios and Pavlos! KORINNA > kore
Author: Andy ;—)   (guest)
Date: February 8, 2006 at 4:18:52 AM
KORINNA is usually (as on this site) derived from Greek "kore" (girl, virgin, young woman). Now I am wondering, how this name came into being. Was Kore originally a byname? For a woman with young looks? For an (old? priestly?) virgin? I know it was a (euphemistic?) byname of the goddess Persephone.
"kore" also means "doll", "pupil" (of the eye) and "apple of the eye". The idea is the same as in Latin (pupa > pupilla): I can see a small image of myself in the eye of my vis-à-vis. Now "apple of my eye" would be a nice origin for such a name as well, so I would like to know: How early was the vocabulary word "kore" used in that sense?

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