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Headword: Ὠκεανός
Adler number: omega,43
Translated headword: Okeanos, Ocean
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the sea in a circle around all the land.
From the [verb] κέω , I split, [comes] κεανός , and with the alpha privative and a change of alpha to omega [it becomes] ὠκεανός ; "out of which all rivers and every sea and [all] the streams [flow]."[1]
Greek Original:
Ὠκεανός: ἡ κύκλῳ πάσης τῆς γῆς θάλασσα. παρὰ τὸ κέω, τὸ σχίζω, κεανός, μετὰ τοῦ στερητικοῦ α καὶ τροπῇ τοῦ α εἰς ω ὠκεανός: ἐξ οὗπερ πάντες ποταμοὶ καὶ πᾶσα θάλασσα καὶ πηγαί.
Similar material, variously, in other lexica and grammars.
See generally LSJ s.v. (web address 1); OCD(4) p.1030; and omega 44.
[1] Homer, Iliad 21.196-7 (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography
Translated by: Stacie Raucci on 5 June 2000@12:20:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation and notes; added keywords) on 4 May 2001@06:53:10.
Catharine Roth (modified translation, added betacode, fixed link and added another) on 6 September 2006@22:43:31.
David Whitehead (another note; cosmetics) on 31 October 2013@04:28:20.
David Whitehead on 31 October 2013@04:29:02.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 5 August 2014@04:10:02.


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