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Ο σκύλος and other words for dog

Please could someone say what the difference is between:

Ο σκύλος vs το σκυλί

Also, what is a σκυλάκι? Is it a little dog, and if so how little? I'm also wondering about σκυλίτσα.

October 9, 2019


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The first two are both words for dog. You can choose which one to use. The other two are both words for little dog and relate to size. A puppy is ένα κουτάβι.

October 9, 2019


Basically σκυλάκι and σκυλίτσα are not the exact same thing.Η σκυλίτσα is the female little dog.Σκυλάκι is a more generic word for the little dog.

October 9, 2019


Other words for animals also have similar distinctions. For cat you can say γάτα (standard word for this animal), γατί another word often used colloquially for cat, γάτος - male (tom) cat, γατάκι - kitten.

October 10, 2019


Σκύλος is the official name. You cannot use the word σκυλί in a scientific paper for instance.

October 15, 2019


Excellent, thank you.

October 18, 2019


Thanks for you answers.

October 10, 2019
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