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Headword: *kleisou=rai
Adler number: kappa,1761
Translated headword: narrow passes
Vetting Status: high
This is what fortresses guarding passes are called in the native language of the Romans.
Greek Original:
*kleisou=rai: ou(/tw kalou=ntai ta\ o)xurw/mata tw=n diaba/sewn th=| patri/w| tw=n *(rwmai/wn fwnh=|.
Theophylact Simocatta, Histories 7.14.8 (where the Suda's nominative plural is accusative plural); cf. epsilon 950, omicron 1066.
The word is partly Latin. Kriaras (Dictionary of Mediaeval Greek Vernacular Writing), referring to Andriotis (Etymological Dictionary of Standard Modern Greek): "From Latin clausura, with folk etymology from klei/w." Trapp puts it more epigrammatically: klei/w + Lat. clausura. [Note provided by Nick Nicholas]
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; military affairs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 30 November 2008@01:24:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (minor expansion of note; another keyword) on 30 November 2008@04:47:43.
David Whitehead on 2 March 2013@07:26:49.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 30 July 2014@23:54:39.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note with help from Nick Nicholas) on 20 September 2019@00:08:23.


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