Lat. apis 'bee' < PItal. *api-? (MDV). "No accepted etymology. Vennemann 1998a proposes that apis is a loanword from Semitic, comparing Hieroglyphic Egyptian 'fj 'bee'. " (MDV). Michiel de Vaan. "apis" in: Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages. Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online. Edited by Alexander Lubotsky. Brill, 2014. Brill Online. August 31, 2014. < http://iedo.brillonline.nl.ludwig.lub.lu.se/dictionaries/lemma.html?id=12733 >, Lat. apicula (dim.) < apis 'bee' DH, CDB
Robert Farren, PIE culture words collection, 2017
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