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Uncertain, theorized to come from the stem of Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn (“‘woman’”), whence it would be cognate with Mycenaean Greek 𐀓𐀙𐀊 (ku-na-ja), Old English cwene, Common Slavic *žena, Sanskrit जनि (jani). Other theoretic relation is to Latin cuneus (“‘wedge’”).
- culus "anus, arse"
- cunae "cradle, nest for young birds"
- cuneus "wedge"
- cuniculus "rabbit," perhaps originally meaning "burrow"
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