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Headword: *(omi/xlh
Adler number: omicron,258
Translated headword: mist
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] blindness, or thick air.[1]
Mist [is] air made dense and not transparent, not bright.[2]
Homer [writes]: "the south wind spread a mist on high around the mountain."[3] [The word] was coined from the placing of darkness [a)xlu\n] over the eyes [o)/mmasin].[4]
Aristophanes [writes]: "because of war and mist, [the things] which you do in a villainous manner may not be looked down upon."[5] Meaning because of present evils constrained by war he may not expose your evil deeds.
Greek Original:
*(omi/xlh: a)orasi/a, h)\ paxu\s a)h/r. *(omi/xlh, o( teqolwme/nos a)h\r kai\ mh\ diaugh/s, mhde\ lampro/s. *(/omhros: eu)=t' o)/reos korufh=|si no/tos kate/xeuen o(mi/xlhn. e)tumologei=tai de\ para\ to\ toi=s o)/mmasin a)xlu\n pare/xein. *)aristofa/nhs: u(po\ tou= pole/mou kai\ th=s o(mi/xlhs, a(\ panourgei=s, mh\ kaqora=tai. a)nti\ tou= u(po\ tw=n periestw/twn kakw=n kai\ tou= pole/mou sunexo/menos mh\ e)le/gxh| ta\ sa\ kakourgh/mata.
[1] Same or similar entries in other lexica (references at Photius omicron284 Theodoridis), and cf. also the scholia to Homer, Iliad 1.359 (where the headword occurs: web address 1).
[2] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 803 (quoted later in the entry).
[3] Homer, Iliad 3.10.
[4] The author speculates that o(mi/xlh was formed as a combination of o)/mmasin and a)xlu\n because of the similarity in appearance the resulting word would have to o(mi/xlh.
[5] Aristophanes, Knights 803 (web address 2). The text of Aristophanes reads kaqora=| sou in the active voice, with Demos as the subject.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; imagery; military affairs; politics
Translated by: Amanda Aponte on 5 November 2009@12:41:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented and modified notes; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 November 2009@03:45:58.
David Whitehead (adjustments) on 25 June 2013@07:05:52.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation and note) on 14 January 2021@01:00:07.


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