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Vedic pisa- and Atharvaveda-Saunakilya 19.49.4 = Atharvaveda-Paippalada 14.8.4: a note on the Indo-Iranian bestiary

Leonid Kulikov (UGent)
(2009) JOURNAL OF INDO-EUROPEAN STUDIES. 37(1-2). p.141-154
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This paper offers a new interpretation of the Vedic word piśá-. On the basis of a philological analysis of the two Vedic passages where this word is attested, as well as comparative evidence from other Indo-European languages, I will argue that this word should be translated as ‘cheetah’ or ‘leopard’, rather than as ‘antelope’ or ‘stag’. A new translation of the difficult Atharvavedic stanza 19.49.4 (Śaunakīya) is offered.
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Rgveda, cheetah, Vedic, Atharvaveda, etymology, lexicon, animal names, Slavic, Greek, Iranian, antelope, stag

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Kulikov, Leonid. “Vedic Pisa- and Atharvaveda-Saunakilya 19.49.4 = Atharvaveda-Paippalada 14.8.4: a Note on the Indo-Iranian Bestiary.” JOURNAL OF INDO-EUROPEAN STUDIES 37.1-2 (2009): 141–154. Print.
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Kulikov, L. (2009). Vedic pisa- and Atharvaveda-Saunakilya 19.49.4 = Atharvaveda-Paippalada 14.8.4: a note on the Indo-Iranian bestiary. JOURNAL OF INDO-EUROPEAN STUDIES, 37(1-2), 141–154.
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Kulikov, Leonid. 2009. “Vedic Pisa- and Atharvaveda-Saunakilya 19.49.4 = Atharvaveda-Paippalada 14.8.4: a Note on the Indo-Iranian Bestiary.” Journal of Indo-european Studies 37 (1-2): 141–154.
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Kulikov, Leonid. 2009. “Vedic Pisa- and Atharvaveda-Saunakilya 19.49.4 = Atharvaveda-Paippalada 14.8.4: a Note on the Indo-Iranian Bestiary.” Journal of Indo-european Studies 37 (1-2): 141–154.
Vancouver
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Kulikov L. Vedic pisa- and Atharvaveda-Saunakilya 19.49.4 = Atharvaveda-Paippalada 14.8.4: a note on the Indo-Iranian bestiary. JOURNAL OF INDO-EUROPEAN STUDIES. 2009;37(1-2):141–54.
IEEE
[1]
L. Kulikov, “Vedic pisa- and Atharvaveda-Saunakilya 19.49.4 = Atharvaveda-Paippalada 14.8.4: a note on the Indo-Iranian bestiary,” JOURNAL OF INDO-EUROPEAN STUDIES, vol. 37, no. 1–2, pp. 141–154, 2009.
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  author       = {Kulikov, Leonid},
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  journal      = {JOURNAL OF INDO-EUROPEAN STUDIES},
  keywords     = {Rgveda,cheetah,Vedic,Atharvaveda,etymology,lexicon,animal names,Slavic,Greek,Iranian,antelope,stag},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1-2},
  pages        = {141--154},
  title        = {Vedic pisa- and Atharvaveda-Saunakilya 19.49.4 = Atharvaveda-Paippalada 14.8.4: a note on the Indo-Iranian bestiary},
  volume       = {37},
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}

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