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Re: Metaves and Coronaves

Quoting Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com>:

> In the case of _Pterocles_, I believe the second element actually comes from
> the Greek _kles_ ('famous'; 'noted for') rather than _kleis_ ('key').

Well, I did say it depended on the etymology.  Yes, if the second element is
_klEs_ (E for eta), then the family name would be _pterokleidai_, one possible
transliteration of which would be "pteroclidae".  Incidentally, the
second-to-last syllable (or penult) would have a long vowel and would thus
attract the stress in Latin:  ter-oh-KLY-day (KLY rhyming with "sky"), rather
than ter-OK-lih-day.

Nick Pharris
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan