Greek mercenaries in Egypt used mosquito-nets

When I was in Egypt before Christmas, I got bitten to pieces by mosquitos.  On mentioning this, David Miller tells me that “canopy” is derived from the Greek word for mosquito-net.

The word is “k0n0peion”.   The derivation is via late Lat. ‘canopeum’ — perhaps with a supposed connection to ‘Canopus’ .

k0n0ps  (??”cone-face”??) = mosquito.

Imagine all those hard-bitten Greek mercenaries working for the late Pharaohs in the Nile Delta getting bitten, eh?


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