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Headword: Ἄλφι
Adler number: alpha,1451
Translated headword: barley-meal
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[ἄλφι is short for] ἄλφιτον . This [sc. cutting-off the end of a word] is called bitten-off, which they say Epicharmus first discovered.
Greek Original:
Ἄλφι: ἄλφιτον. τοῦτο δὲ καλεῖται ἀπότρωκτον, ὅ φασι πρῶτον εὑρεῖν Ἐπίχαρμον.
Notes:
Same or similar entry in other lexica; references at Photius alpha1070 Theodoridis. (Entry cross-referenced, briefly, at alpha 3618.)
cf. generally alpha 1452, alpha 1453, alpha 1454, alpha 1455, alpha 1456.
[1] Epicharmus [epsilon 2766] fr. 223 Kaibel, now 201 K.-A. The phenomenon (more commonly known as apocope) itself, however, predates him: LSJ notes an instance of, precisely, ἄλφι in one of the Homeric Hymns. Chantraine s.v. supposes that ἄλφι was the original form, an old athematic noun which may have had *ἀλφατος as its genitive with an alternation of i/n.
Reference:
P. Chantraine, Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque, ed. 2. Paris 2009.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; botany; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; imagery; poetry
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 June 2000@16:09:19.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keyword) on 26 February 2001@08:06:12.
David Whitehead on 26 February 2001@08:07:01.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 5 July 2002@03:35:06.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaking) on 11 February 2012@07:01:29.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 13 March 2012@01:02:55.
David Whitehead on 20 August 2013@08:22:39.
David Whitehead (tweak) on 14 December 2014@04:40:08.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 14 December 2014@09:59:47.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, added bibliography) on 14 December 2014@21:36:22.
David Whitehead (updated n.1) on 21 December 2014@09:38:09.

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