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Subject: On Kanakis
Author: Pavlos   (guest)
Date: May 22, 2004 at 1:21 AM
Reply to: MAVROS & KANAKIS by Anonyme

Indeed, Mavros is "black" in Greek.
"Kanakis" is a bit more obscure. It means "caress" particularly when applied to a child or infant. It is derived from the ancient Greek "kanachi" (êáíá÷Þ) meaning the sound of metals and musical organs. The Latin word "cano" is derived from "kanachi" -- this gave birth to words such as "chanter" (french), "cantar" (Spanish) (all meaning to sing) and bizzare way also produced the German "hahn" (rooster) and the English Hen :)

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