ETYMOLOGY OF THE CROATIAN WORD PATULJAK

Author:
Ranko Matasović
Email:
rmatasov@ffzg.hr
Summary
The paper presents the hypothesis that the Croatian word patúljak (“dwarf”) is an old loan-word from Vulgar Latin (or early Dalmatian-Romance) *puttus (“boy”), or its derivative, *puttilus, *puttulus (“small, tiny”).
Key words
etymology dwarf; Romance loanwords in Croatian
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