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Headword: *fhgo/s
Adler number: phi,260
Translated headword: tree, oak
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] dru=s; or a pine.
"There were very tall trees, a beech(?) and a fir, oaks and lindens."[1]
Greek Original:
*fhgo/s: dru=s: h)\ peu/kh. h)=n de\ de/ndra u(permege/qh, fhgo\s kai\ e)la/th, dru/es te kai\ fi/lura.
cf. already phi 258
According to LSJ, fhgo/s is the Valonia oak, Quercus aegilops. The Greek fhgo/s (Doric fago/s) is cognate with Latin fagus and English "beech"; also with the verb fagei=n "to eat", implying that it must have been a kind of tree with edible nuts. It has been claimed that the name was transferred from beech to oak because beeches did not occur in southern Greece (see Wikipedia at web address 1).
[1] Quotation unidentifiable.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 23 June 2005@00:31:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked translation; added a note) on 23 June 2005@03:09:59.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 23 June 2005@13:07:15.
David Whitehead (x-ref; tweaking) on 8 December 2013@06:11:04.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, added a link) on 26 January 2023@18:07:45.


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