Lexeme – Details – cachorro

Lexeme

Transcription
cachorro
Script
IPA
Meaning
pup, young dog; adult dog (in Brazilian Portuguese only)
Meaning Note
Grammatical Data
m
Note
Origin uncertain, possibly < VLat. *cattŭlus < Lat. catulus 'young animal, kitten, pup' (WH). In Brazil, this form has replaced 'cão' with reference to the adult dog. This shift is a consequence of a tabooistic semantic change: o Cão = 'the Devil' (DH).

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Sources

Source
Houaiss, Antônio & MS Villar. 2001. Dicionário Houaiss da língua portuguesa. Rio de Janeiro: Instituto António Houaiss.
[DH]
Source
Walde, Alois. (1910). Lateinische etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2. umgearb. Aufl. Heidelberg: C. Winter
[WH]
Source
Robert Farren, PIE culture words collection, 2017
[Farren (2017)]
Location
JN101

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