"turkey"

Translation:curcan

November 25, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LovLviv

Slavic root... Curca is chicken in Ukrainian


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cosmo-pedant

Turkey has a guinea fowl after which the American bird is named. (The English naming came following the period of time when Europeans imported domesticated "curcan" breeds from Mexico. So, is "curcan" a variation of the word "turkey", or is there a clear Slavic model for the word, without any derivation from a reference to the country of Turkey - I wonder?

On another note: the breastbone (or "wishbone", per American superstition) [where the two collarbones meet] is called the "furcular" in science; thus we can explain the Romanian word for "fork". (Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor dinosaurs had such "furculars" 150 million years ago.)

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