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Headword: *lwfh=sai
Adler number: lambda,745
Translated headword: to abate
Vetting Status: high
"Justinian was very ready for the destruction of humankind, but had no means to abate [it]."[1]
The [term] "to abate" applies strictly to oxen, [i.e.] removing the weight from the neck. For lophos [is] the [animal's] neck.[2]
Greek Original:
*lwfh=sai: h)=n de\ *)ioustiniano\s e)s me\n a)nqrw/pwn fqora\n e(toi- mo/tatos, e)s de\ to\ lwfh=sai a)mh/xanos. kuri/ws de\ ei)/rhtai lwfh=sai e)pi\ bow=n, to\ to\ ba/ros a)po\ tou= traxh/lou a)poqe/sqai. lo/fos ga\r o( tra/xhlos.
For this verb see also lambda 744, lambda 747; and cf. lambda 746.
[1] Procopius, Secret History 15.5 (actually about Theodora rather than Justinian: see web address 1). For Justinian see generally iota 446.
[2] Same folk-etymological material in Photius (lambda508 Theodoridis) and other lexica. For the equivalence invoked, see already lambda 704.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; history; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 April 2009@04:50:36.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 13 April 2009@11:21:18.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 13 April 2009@11:24:30.
David Whitehead (added missing note number; expanded n.2) on 14 April 2009@02:56:41.
David Whitehead on 22 April 2013@08:21:05.
Catharine Roth (expanded a note, added a link) on 19 June 2020@19:19:03.


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