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Title: Zur Schreibung des Wortes idigna 'Tigris' und der möglichen Bedeutung 'Reiherfluss'
Author(s): KEETMAN, J.
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 73    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2016   
Pages: 7-12
DOI: 10.2143/BIOR.73.1.3157119

Abstract :
The sign of the Sumerian word for Tigris idigna was also used for writing the name of a bird. It is argued, that this bird may have been the heron, later written with a combination of signs as igirámušen in Sumerian. The name of the river may have been originally /idigira/ as attested in Ebla, for which a meaning 'river (i7-d) of the heron (igira)' fits well with attested naming practices, while other suggested etymologies for the name can be shown as less probable.

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