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Subject: Dolls, lentils, and chickpeas
Author: Andy ;—)   (guest,
Date: February 8, 2006 at 9:13:41 AM
Reply to: Hello Dolly and lentil soup by Pavlos
Thank you, Pavlos, for the Perseus link! This is very interesting, although I would have to dig quite a bit more into it to fully grasp the implications.
But am I mistaken when I come to the following conclusions:
- Kore could originate from the meaning "girl" or "doll" (my grandmother used to call my little sister "Püppi", "little doll")
- "Apple of my eye" could be another possible origin. (less likely, I should think)

Thanks for the other examples of Greek names ending in "-inna". What does the ending mean? Is it a diminutive? Or just an elaboration?

Talking about leguminous plants: Cicero means "chickpea". Not very flattering, but such were the Romans. The German word for chickpea is "Kichererbse" from the same root. But to "kicher" also means to "giggle". But I'm sure, you've heard this before.

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