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Headword: Gomphoi
Adler number: gamma,376
Translated headword: bolts, dowels, tenons
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] millstones, wedges, bonds, joints, ligaments of teeth(?).
Greek Original:
Gomphoi: muloi, sphênes, desma, arthra, sundesmoi odontôn.
Same or similar entry in other lexica; references at Photius gamma182 Theodoridis; and cf. the proverb at alpha 1419.
For the basic meaning and applications of the headword (first attested in Homer), here in the nominative plural, see LSJ s.v. at web address 1 (and cf. gamma 375). Plato, Timaeus 43A, uses it figuratively for the infinitesimal bonds or pegs which hold the particles of the body together (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: daily life; definition; epic; medicine; philosophy; proverbs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 26 November 2000@01:30:19.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; added keyword) on 30 August 2002@09:44:15.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 10 June 2012@07:30:14.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 22 August 2013@22:06:20.
David Whitehead (further expansion of notes) on 23 August 2013@02:55:37.
Catharine Roth (another link) on 8 April 2016@23:21:37.
David Whitehead (more hw options; expanded note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 9 April 2016@03:35:37.


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