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κύκνος

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We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always a sketch. No sketch is not quite the right word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch of nothing, an outline with no picture.
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Ancient Greek

Etymology

Perhaps from a Proto-Indo-European *ḱeuk- (white), with cognates including Sanskrit शोचति (śócati) and शुक्र (šukrá). Could also be onomatopoeic from the sound of the swan's call (compare Russian кы-кы (ky-ky), cry of a swan)).

Pronunciation

  • (Classical): IPA: [kʉ́knos]
  • (Koine): IPA: [cˈykno̞s]
  • (Byzantine): IPA: [cˈyknos]

Noun

κύκνος (genitive κύκνου) m, second declension; (kuknos)

  1. swan
  2. type of ship

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