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Headword: Ἀλαλητόν
Adler number: alpha,1062
Translated headword: shout
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] hubbub/uproar. [The word is formed] by addition of the intensive alpha.
Greek Original:
Ἀλαλητόν: θόρυβον. κατὰ πλεονασμὸν τοῦ ἐπιτατικοῦ α.
Notes:
From the scholia to Homer, Iliad 4.436, where the headword, here accusative, occurs in the nominative. Same or similar material in other lexica.
The grammarians identified an intensive prefix alpha, as well as alpha steretikon (from *n-, meaning "not") and alpha athroistikon (from *sm-, meaning "with, together." See LSJ, page 1. The idea here is that ἀλαλητός comes from λαλέω "speak" with an intensive prefix; more probably it is derived from the exclamation ἀλαλαί (cf. alpha 1060). See LSJ entry at web address 1.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 20 July 2000@15:44:49.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (Altered wording, added note and link.) on 30 July 2000@23:12:10.
David Whitehead (augmented note; added keyword) on 11 June 2003@04:30:26.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 2 February 2012@08:28:23.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 22 April 2012@02:05:49.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note and link) on 2 October 2013@00:27:47.
David Whitehead on 25 May 2015@11:44:13.

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