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Headword: *dai/s
Adler number: delta,124
Translated headword: feast
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] festivities.[1]
And when [sc. Homer] says "an abundant feast" [dai=ta], they say that di/aita is being said by a change of letter. But to say [it is derived] from dai/sasqai ["to feast"] [is] rather forced.[2]
Greek Original:
*dai/s: h( eu)wxi/a. kai\ *dai=ta qa/leian o(/te fhsi/, stoixei/ou metaqe/sei di/aita/n fasi le/gesqai. to\ de\ a)po\ tou= dai/sasqai le/gein, biaio/teron.
[1] Likewise in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon. From the scholia to Homer, Odyssey 1.225; cf. delta 112, delta 126, delta 127, delta 128.
[2] Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 1.24B (1.44 Kaibel), citing the Augustan-age scholar Seleucus. *dai/sasqai is an aorist middle infinitive, either from the verb dai/numi ["I feast"] or dai/w, which can mean "I feast" but which has a broader semantic sense of "divide, distribute". See web address 1 below for the LSJ entry on this verb.
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; food
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 16 December 2003@17:00:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; x-refs; cosmetics) on 17 December 2003@05:39:25.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 17 June 2012@07:00:38.
David Whitehead on 14 January 2015@10:32:59.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 15 January 2015@00:30:43.
David Whitehead on 7 October 2015@07:28:09.
Catharine Roth (betacode) on 14 July 2016@01:42:29.


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