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Headword: *nhpie/h
Adler number: nu,324
Translated headword: childhood, childishness
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] foolishness.[1]
This [word is] derived from nêpios.[2]
Greek Original:
*nhpie/h: a)frosu/nh. kthtiko\n tou=to tou= nh/pios.
[1] LSJ entry for the headword at web address 1.
[2] Literally 'an acquired [formation: tu/pon] from nh/pios' (nu 325). The Suda entry reflects Etymologicum Magnum 604.26 -- commenting on nhpie/h| a)legeinh|= at Homer, Iliad 9.491 (web address 2) -- where the origin of the word nhpie/h is explained as a formation from the feminine of the possessive adjective nhpi/eios [i.e. nhpiei/h] by dropping the latter iota. See also nu 323.
See also Chantraine, who does not comment on the derivation of the word given in the Etym. Magn., but emphasizes the metrical considerations and accounts for the form by analogy with h)nore/h.
P. Chantraine, Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque (Paris: 1968) v.2 p. 751 s.v. nh/pios
P. Chantraine, Grammaire homérique 5th ed. (Paris:1973) v.1 p.83
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: children; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics
Translated by: Tony Natoli on 24 July 2001@18:07:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified note, added links and reference) on 25 July 2001@20:32:55.
Catharine Roth (restored the translator's note as revised) on 30 July 2001@10:55:37.
David Whitehead (added x-ref; cosmetics) on 20 December 2002@03:52:15.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 9 June 2013@04:59:31.
Catharine Roth (coding, cross-reference) on 6 November 2020@19:25:15.


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