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English term or phrase:yale
English translation:έαλη
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20:01 Apr 29, 2008
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Poetry & Literature / mythology
English term or phrase: yale
Yale: It is supposed to be a kind of mythical animal, described as follows: elephant tail, antelope body, goat head, horns. Greek term?
Jo
έαλη
Explanation:
It is also written "έαλαι" (plural).
The yale was a strange bull-like animal native to the land of Aithiopia (sub-Saharan Africa). It was equipped with a boar's tusks and a set of rotating horns. The creature's name was derived from the Greek words: "ealên" and "eilô", meaning "to roll back" a reference to its moveable horns. Pliny the Elder, "Natural History" 8. 73 (trans. Rackham) (Roman encyclopedia C1st A.D.) provides a description:
"Aethiopia produces . . . many monstrosities : . . . Among the same people is also found the animal called the Eale (Yale), the size of a hippopotamus, with an elephant’s tail, of a black or tawny colour, with the jaws of a boar and movable horns more than a cubit in length which in a fight are erected alternately, and presented to the attack or sloped backward in turn as policy directs."



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έαλη


Explanation:
It is also written "έαλαι" (plural).
The yale was a strange bull-like animal native to the land of Aithiopia (sub-Saharan Africa). It was equipped with a boar's tusks and a set of rotating horns. The creature's name was derived from the Greek words: "ealên" and "eilô", meaning "to roll back" a reference to its moveable horns. Pliny the Elder, "Natural History" 8. 73 (trans. Rackham) (Roman encyclopedia C1st A.D.) provides a description:
"Aethiopia produces . . . many monstrosities : . . . Among the same people is also found the animal called the Eale (Yale), the size of a hippopotamus, with an elephant’s tail, of a black or tawny colour, with the jaws of a boar and movable horns more than a cubit in length which in a fight are erected alternately, and presented to the attack or sloped backward in turn as policy directs."





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Apr 29, 2008 - Changes made by Valentini Mellas:
Language pairEnglish to Greek » English
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