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Headword: Βυσσόν
Adler number: beta,598
Translated headword: depth; ocean's depth
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] depth,[1] with oxytone accent [sc. accent on the last syllable]. But with barytone accent [sc. accent on the next-to-last syllable] it indicates dye [made] out of a murex-shell.[2]
Also [sc. attested is the nominative] βυσσός , [meaning] ocean's depth, in Herodotus.[3]
Greek Original:
Βυσσόν: βάθος, ὀξυτόνως. βαρυτόνως δὲ σημαίνει βαφὴν ἐκ πορφύρας. καὶ Βυσσός, βυθὸς, παρὰ Ἡροδότῳ.
Notes:
cf. generally alpha 104.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica. This primary headword is in the accusative case, evidently quoted from somewhere; extant possibilities begin with Homer (Iliad 24.80) and include Herodotus: see note below.
[2] (For the difference of accentuation here see already under beta 597.) Perhaps metonymy for "a dyed robe"; see Aeschylus, Agamemnon 239, κρόκου βαφὰς δ' ἐς πέδον χέουσα , "Shedding to earth her saffron-dyed robe." (The usual meaning of βύσσος is flax, and the linen made from it: cf. beta 596, and see generally LSJ s.v.)
[3] From a gloss on Herodotus 2.28.4 (see also 2.96.5, 3.23.3); similarly in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon.
Keywords: clothing; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; historiography; science and technology; trade and manufacture; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Alina Kelman on 14 May 2002@12:43:55.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation, added keyword) on 15 May 2002@10:58:08.
David Whitehead (augmented and modified notes; added keyword; cosmetics) on 16 May 2002@03:52:54.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; betacode and other cosmetics) on 4 June 2012@07:43:09.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 24 September 2015@04:12:12.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 15 January 2016@19:57:03.

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