ڪسِ گربه

English translation: cowrie/cowry shell

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Farsi (Persian) term or phrase:ڪسِ گربه
English translation:cowrie/cowry shell
Entered by: Ali Beikian

18:08 Jul 17, 2009
Farsi (Persian) to English translations [PRO]
Science - Zoology / Shells
Farsi (Persian) term or phrase: ڪسِ گربه
Greetings,

This is most odd, but I really need to clear it up as it’s an entry in my new Persian-English dictionary.

It’s glossed as “venus’s shell” (sic), but what a cat’s vulva has to do with the shell Venus emerges from in the Botticelli painting is beyond me.

Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_Venus_(Botticelli)

Best wishes,

Simon
SeiTT
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:50
cowrie/cowry shell
Explanation:
کس گربه مهره اي است که گويا از بقاياي جانوران دريا گرفته و نرم تنان بدست آيد و آن را درجزء نظر قرباني براي جلوگيري از چشم زدن به کودکان مي آويزند.
http://www.mibosearch.com/word.aspx?wName=کس

Its exact English equivalent is cowry shell/cowri shell.

cowry: a marine gastropod mollusc with a smooth, glossy, domed shell with a long, narrow opening
http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/cowrie?view=uk

I believe it is because of the similaity between "cat’s vulva " and "cowry shell", that the latter has been likened to the former and has been called "کس گربه", especially because they are both "with a long, narrow opening"

Here is an image of "cowry shell"

http://www.seashellworld.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/mon...


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Ali Beikian
Iran
Local time: 06:20
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many thanks, all perfectly clear now
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cowrie/cowry shell


Explanation:
کس گربه مهره اي است که گويا از بقاياي جانوران دريا گرفته و نرم تنان بدست آيد و آن را درجزء نظر قرباني براي جلوگيري از چشم زدن به کودکان مي آويزند.
http://www.mibosearch.com/word.aspx?wName=کس

Its exact English equivalent is cowry shell/cowri shell.

cowry: a marine gastropod mollusc with a smooth, glossy, domed shell with a long, narrow opening
http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/cowrie?view=uk

I believe it is because of the similaity between "cat’s vulva " and "cowry shell", that the latter has been likened to the former and has been called "کس گربه", especially because they are both "with a long, narrow opening"

Here is an image of "cowry shell"

http://www.seashellworld.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/mon...




Ali Beikian
Iran
Local time: 06:20
Native speaker of: Native in Persian (Farsi)Persian (Farsi), Native in Farsi (Persian)Farsi (Persian)
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
many thanks, all perfectly clear now

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Mahmoud Akbari
3 hrs
  -> Thanks a lot, Sir!

agree  Farzad Akmali
5 hrs
  -> Thanks a lot, Sir!

agree  Mohammad Reza Razaghi
1 day 12 hrs
  ->  Thanks a lot, Sir!

agree  Hossein Abbasi Mohaghegh
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