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Today's Feature:  Western Language and the Origins of the Phoenix

As we look at the Greek geranos, it seems possible that the original word may have been *ger?-ornis, which would simply mean “a bird that cries hoarsely”. However, such a phrase would have been easily confused with gera[s]-ornis, which would have meant “horned bird”. Perhaps this phrase was in use to describe birds having crests on their heads. In fact, gera-ornis is easily contractable into g...

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