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Attestation: BG·12 (uol), TI·3 (lou) (2)
Status: probable
Language: prob. Celtic
Word Type: prob. proper noun
Semantic Field: prob. personal name
Grammatical Categories: indeterminable

Morphemic Analysis: unknown
Phonemic Analysis: unknown
Meaning: abbreviation (?)


Reading uncertain in BG·12, probable in TI·3.

Possibly an abbreviation of a personal name in lou-, e.g. with basis/first element lou̯k- 'bright', louern- 'fox', or lou̯- 'small' (?), or another base of unclear etymology, see Delamarre 2007: 225, DLG: 208 f. Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 143, comparing loves(i)us, assumes that lou is complete, a hypocoristic on-stem /lou̯ū/.

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Delamarre 2007 Xavier Delamarre, Noms de personnes celtiques dans l'épigraphie classique. Nomina Celtica Antiqua Selecta Inscriptionum, Paris: Errance 2007.
DLG Xavier Delamarre, Dictionnaire de la langue gauloise. Une approche linguistique du vieux-celtique continental, 2nd, revised edition, Paris: Errance 2003.