"Lodjuret, som folket (i Värmland) kallar göpa" (Selma Lagerlöf); "a noaname for the lynx" (SEO). "An exclusively Nordic word with no certain etymology. It seems attractive to me, however, to connect the word to Swiss German gōppə v. 'to play (of cats)' < *gaubb-" (GK). But compare also OE géopan v. 'to devour', ON gapa 'animal's mouth' etc. (Falk & Torp)." (GK)
Guus Kroonen. Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic. Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online. Edited by Alexander Lubotsky. Brill. Brill Online.
De Vries, Jan (1977). Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 3rd ed. Leiden: Brill
Robert Farren, PIE culture words collection, 2017
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