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Headword: *foini/keion ai(=ma
Adler number: phi,785
Translated headword: purplish blood
Vetting Status: high
Also [sc. attested is] 'purplish wine'.
Greek Original:
*foini/keion ai(=ma. kai\ *foini/keios oi)=nos.
Both of these unglossed phrases appear to be illustrations of the behavior of the rare adjective foini/keios, when applied to, respectively, neuter nominative/accusative singular and masculine singular nouns. The adjective may be an alternative for the more common adjectives foini/kios, foinikh/i+os or foini/kinos, and may denote 'purplish', 'Phoenician', or 'pertaining to the date-palm'.
The primary headword phrase (which could hence mean 'Phoenician blood' just as well as 'purplish blood) is unattested elsewhere. The supplementary phrase does appear in the dative case in Hecataeus of Abdera [epsilon 359] FGrH 264 F25.1521 (= Diodorus Siculus 1.91.5) with the meaning 'date wine' (cf. Herodotus 1.194, Archestratus fr. 190 Lloyd-Jones-Parsons, Ephippus fr. 24 Kock and K.-A.), and for this phrase Adler compares Lexicon Ambrosianum 423.
Keywords: agriculture; botany; comedy; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; food; geography; historiography; history; imagery; medicine; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: William Hutton on 7 February 2014@20:45:29.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (augmented note, added keyword) on 7 February 2014@20:51:43.
Catharine Roth (set status) on 8 February 2014@02:07:09.
David Whitehead (expanded note; tweaks and cosmetics; raised status) on 9 February 2014@04:09:54.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 December 2014@07:49:40.


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