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Headword: *kentw/n
Adler number: kappa,1337
Translated headword: patchwork, rag-covering
Vetting Status: high
[Genitive] kentw=nos: Latin.
Also [sc. attested is] kentw/nion ["mini-patchwork"].
Greek Original:
*kentw/n, kentw=nos: *(rwmai+sti/. kai\ *kentw/nion.
The diminutive kentw/nion is defined in Lampe; kentw/n in Trapp. The form kentw/n is unique to the Suda; kentw/nion is attested in Nilus of Ancyra (5 CE), Dorotheus of Gaza (6 CE), and Cyril of Scythopolis (6 CE).
The word kentw/n corresponds to the original Latin cento, already attested in Cato, On Agriculture 2.3, 10.5. (The poetic form cento -- web address 1 -- is so called because it is a patchwork.) Since the Suda names kentw/n as a Latin word, without a definition, it is possibly giving the derivation of kentw/nion, instead of claiming that kentw/n was itself in use in Greek. In Nilus (see above) the term occurs as kentw/nh ~ kento/nh -- which appears to have been taken up in Greek instead of kentw/n.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 24 October 2008@06:12:21.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 24 October 2008@06:20:06.
David Whitehead on 18 February 2013@05:53:27.


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