AttestedCunis at position 279 in the Ravenna Cosmography

WhereAilsa Craig, an island in the outer Firth of Clyde.  Located by the island's distinctive cone shape, formed from the volcanic plug of an extinct volcano, plus its position in the Cosmography's list of names.

Name origin:  Latin cuneus ‘wedge’, related to Greek κωνος ‘pine-cone’.

Notes:  Words for ‘dog’ such as Welsh ci, English hound, and Latin canis may come from the same linguistic root (because dogs have conical muzzles), but probably have nothing to do with islands off western Scotland, where one must presume that the name was created by sailors in Roman service.

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