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Headword: *(olko/s
Adler number: omicron,176
Translated headword: furrow
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a road, or a drawing of a stream, or a tail.[1] Properly, a holkos [is] the trail of serpents,[2] but also, by a figurative use of language, the length of the keel: for in serpentine fashion they used to extend [it] over the whole of a ship.[3]
Greek Original:
*(olko/s: o(do/s, h)\ a)gwgo\s r(eu/matos, h)\ ou)ra/. h)\ o(lko\s kuri/ws to\ tw=n drako/ntwn su/rma, kataxrhstikw=s de\ kai\ to\ th=s tro/pidos e)/ktama: drakontoeide\s ga\r dia\ pa/shs th=s new\s dih=kon.
The headword is a masculine noun in the nominative singular; see LSJ s.v., and cf. omicron 175 and omicron 180. (There is also an adjective, o(lko/s, -h/, -o/n, drawing to oneself, attractive; cf. omicron 177, omicron 178, and omicron 179.)
[1] The glossing substantives are all in the nominative singular: the first and last are feminine nouns, and the second is a two-ending feminine (and masculine) adjective; see LSJ s.vv., and cf. Hesychius omicron588 s.v. o(lko/s, and Etymologicum Magnum 622.8.
[2] The sense of o(lko/s as a trail is noted by both John Philoponus, De vocabulis quae diversum significatum exhibent secundum differentiam accentus s.v. o(/lkos, and the scholia (247.9 Rabe) to Lucian, Hermotimus 79, where the genitive occurs.
[3] Same entry in the Synagoge, Photius' Lexicon (omicron231 Theodoridis), and Lexica Segueriana 316.21-24. On what is being described see generally LSJ s.v., I: machine for hauling ships, hauling-engine (with references).
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Translated by: Ronald Allen on 15 December 2009@00:49:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented n.3; tweaks and cosmetics) on 15 December 2009@03:34:43.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 24 June 2013@06:22:04.
David Whitehead (codings) on 19 May 2016@09:53:09.


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