Vol. 1 (2024)

Medio persiano kōy ‘strada’

Adriano Valerio Rossi
University of Naples "L'Orientale"

Published 2024-04-09


  • Pahlavi lexicography,
  • Middle Persian kōy ‘road’,
  • Modern Persian kuče ‘alley’


The Pahlavi lexeme kōk ‘migration’ was allegedly identified by Antonino Pagliaro on the basis of single passages from the Gr. Bund., the Dēnkard and the Nērangistān. Walter Belardi suggested that this Iranian word was at the origin of the word family testified by Arm. kox ‘trampling’, etc. The article demonstrates that the aforementioned Middle Persian passages require different readings and that Middle Persian kōy ‘road, street’, from which Modern Persian kuče ‘alley’ is derived, is widely attested in various modern Iranian languages.