English translation (word)
English translation (etymon)
Ὄνος: ἐκ τοῦ οὐ νοεῖν. ἢ ὠνητόν.
Onos ("ass"): from ou noein ("not to think"). Or from ōnēton ("bought").
The word is assumed to be the nominal transposition of a negated verb. It implies a formal manipulation, the loss of [u] in the alleged negation. This etymology relies on the widespread use of ὄνος, as in many modern languages, as a depreciative word referring to the stubbornness of the animal. Therefore it is the prototype of the stupid creature.
Etym. Gudianum, omicron, p. 430 (Ὄνος, τὸ ζῶον, διὰ τοῦ οὐ νοεῖν· ἢ ὤνιον εἶναι· ἢ παρὰ τὴν ὄνησιν τὴν ἐξ αὐτοῦ γινομένην ἐν τοῖς ἔργοις. Ὄνος, παρότι ὀνητὸν, ἤτοι ὠφέλιμον ἐν τῷ βαστάζειν· ἢ διὰ τὸ νωθρὸν ὑπάρχειν).