Usage English (Modern)
Pronounced Pron. CA-PR-EE
Other Forms FormsCaapri, Capree, Capry
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 7/26/2008
From the name of the city of Capri, Italy. The etymology of the name Capri is unclear; it might either be traced back to the Ancient Greeks (Ancient Greek κάπρος kapros meaning "wild boar"), the first recorded colonists to populate the island. But it could also derive from Latin capreae (goats). Fossils of wild boars have been discovered, lending credence to the "kapros" etymology; on the other hand, the Romans called Capri "goat island". Finally, there is also the possibility that the name derives from an Etruscan word for "rocky", though any historical Etruscan rule of the island is disputed.