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Latest comment: 5 March 2020 by Faenor

Hmmm, bird, red, very rare or even extinct, extraordinary voices at the edge of human perception, and by the way lives in a country where everyone is, like in ancient Egypt, obsessed with death ... I just can't help but think phoenix. Anyone else too? Faenor 16:59, 5 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is no talk about immortality through fiery rebirth, only a small bird with no mythology of its own. I would rather look into the name kir-inke, probably a diminutive ending with a well-known root √KIR 'cut, cleave, pass swiftly through'. I might guess the name means something like 'small beak' (cf. cirya 'sharp-prowed ship') or maybe kir- here refers to the swiftness of the bird. Like colibri... Speculations only, though. --Tik 10:03, 6 March 2020 (UTC)