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Headword: Κερδώ
Adler number: kappa,1391
Translated headword: wily one
Vetting Status: high
The vixen [is called this] as a nickname. [Formed] as Eidothea [gives] Eido, [and] Hypsipyle [gives] Hypso.
Greek Original:
Κερδώ: ὑποκοριστικῶς ἡ ἀλώπηξ. ὡς Εἰδοθέα, Εἰδώ, Ὑψιπύλη, Ὑψώ.
cf. Hesychius kappa2316, and a scholion on Aristophanes, Knights 1068, where the word κερδώ occurs. It is cognate with κέρδος "gain, profit", and stems specifically -- in accordance with the principle of foreshortening exemplified in the present entry -- from the adjective κερδαλέη ; see already kappa 1382.
Hypocoristic feminine names are often formed by shortening the name and ending the nominative with omega (stem -oi-): see Smyth §279a (p. 71) at web address 1.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 21 January 2001@01:25:56.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; added keyword) on 28 March 2001@06:36:21.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 28 November 2005@08:34:13.
David Whitehead (tweak) on 2 November 2008@05:26:36.
Catharine Roth (tweaks) on 3 November 2008@01:35:03.
David Whitehead on 18 February 2013@08:52:22.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note and link) on 5 September 2013@00:34:38.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 5 August 2019@10:45:35.
Catharine Roth (another cosmeticule) on 15 August 2019@19:52:36.


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