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RE: help (out of contest)

--- Marco Auditore <maaudito@tin.it> schrieb:

> Dear all,
> I need two helps by mammalian nature, so if someone
> can help me, please 
> reply off list.
> I need:
> 1) to know the etymology of the hyaenid CROCUTA.

>From the Roman name  (I think) of the Spotted Hyena,
which in turn is from Lat. croc- (-us, -î; m.: 
"saffron" (the color, like on the Indian flag) which
in turn from Gr. croco(?) "saffron" (the flower), +
Lat. -uta -> "she the saffron-colored one"


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