What Does City Name "Split" Mean? Etymology of the Ancient Greek Word aspálathos

  • Žarko B. Veljković Srpski naučni centar
Keywords: City Name Split, Meaning, Ancient Greek

Abstract

The article reviews the current scientific etymology of the city name Split. The latter comes from an Ancient Greek name for the plant aspálathos, that is, ‘Croatian žukovina or brnistra, more accurately, woody shrub Alhagi maurorum, with its flowers of diverse color, from light pink to chestnut, thorny trefoil Calycotome villosa with its light yellow flowers, and the plant Genista acanthoclada with its yellow flowers’. Exploring the etymology of the Ancient Greek name for the plant aspálathos yields the following conclusion: *aspálax or spálax (as name of the plant) ‘lily Colchicum parnassicum with its medium violet flowers + suffix -thos > aspálathos’, and that in the general and most common sense: ‘woody shrub Alhagi maurorum, with its flowers of diverse color, from light pink to chestnut’.

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Published
2018-02-16
How to Cite
Veljković, Žarko B. 2018. “What Does City Name "Split" Mean? Etymology of the Ancient Greek Word aspálathos”. Keria: Studia Latina Et Graeca 19 (2), 53-56. https://doi.org/10.4312/keria.19.2.53-56.
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