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Headword: *(epta/pektos
Adler number: epsilon,2867
Translated headword: seven-sheared (?)
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] she who/which has thick hair; she who/which is able to have a haircut seven times. For pe/cai [means] to cut the hair, or to comb it.
Greek Original:
*(epta/pektos: h( baqei=an e)/xousa ko/mhn, h( e(pta/kis duname/nh karh=nai. pe/cai ga\r to\ kei=rai, h)\ kteni/sai.
Adjective -- of which LSJ s.v. ventures no translation -- here (as the glossing shows) in the feminine nominative singular. Similar glossing in Hesychius and other lexica.
The headword should probably be connected with the epic poem e(pta/pektos ai)/c, "Seven-sheared Goat", mentioned in one of the ancient biographies of Homer as belonging in the category of his "playful" works, paignia (alongside the Battle of Frogs and Mice and Margites).
On "seven" meaning "a lot," see epsilon 2868.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; mathematics; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 21 December 2007@23:56:37.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented notes and keywords) on 23 December 2007@05:11:06.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 25 October 2012@03:34:48.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 5 February 2016@04:46:15.


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