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Headword: *(ece/tei
Adler number: epsilon,1670
Translated headword: six-year
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] of six years.[1]
[Pronounced] with a baritone accent, in Attic. Aristophanes [writes] in Clouds: "I know, obeying you when you lisped as a six-year-old."[2]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "unwashed of six years." [This is an] Attic construction.[3]
Greek Original:
*(ece/tei: e(cae/tei. baruto/nws, *)attikw=s. *)aristofa/nhs *nefe/lais: oi)=d' e(ce/tei soi trauli/santi peiqo/menos. kai/, e(\c e)tw=n a)/loutos. *)attikh\ su/ntacis.
[1] Dative singular of e(ce/ths, probably quoted from Aristophanes (see next note). For the gloss cf. scholion on Homer, Iliad 23.266, where this adjective is used of a horse (web address 1).
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 862 (web address 2), with scholion. The word is attested as barytone (accented on the next-to-last syllable) or oxytone (accented on the last syllable). Grammarians discuss this variation in compounds of e)/tos "year." Some say that it is a difference of dialect, as the lexicographer implies here. Pollux 1.54, discussing trie/ths/trieth/s, says that the paroxytone form means a three-year period of time, but the oxytone form is applied to three-year-old persons, animals, and plants; but this distinction does not seem to be observed in practice.
[3] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 280 (web address 3), with scholion.
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Keywords: children; chronology; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 28 June 2007@01:44:26.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 28 June 2007@03:49:08.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaking) on 16 September 2012@08:49:48.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 16 September 2012@17:45:15.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, tweaked translation) on 15 January 2016@19:39:53.
David Whitehead (further tweaks) on 16 January 2016@03:34:25.


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