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Headword: *seilhno/s
Adler number: sigma,273
Translated headword: Seilenos, Silenus, Seilinus
Vetting Status: high
[Another name for] Dionysos.
[It comes] from shimmying [sei-] in the wine-vat [lhno/s].[1]
But Seilinos the old man [is spelled] with the 'i'. [The name comes] from shimmying [sei-] a lot [a(/lis].
Greek Original:
*seilhno/s: o( *dio/nusos. para\ to\ sei/esqai e)n tw=| lhnw=|. *seilino\s de\ o( ge/rwn, dia\ tou= i. para\ to\ sei/esqai a(/lis.
The distinction made here is also made in ps.-Herodian, Epimerismi 126, and Choeroboscus in Anecdota Graeca (Cramer) 2.260. However, it is not supported by the preserved literature, where the primary headword, *seilhno/s, and *silhno/s, both spelled with an eta in the second syllable, are the most common spellings for the aged satyr-like follower of Dionysos. The alternative offered here, *seilino/s with an iota in the second syllable, is unattested outside lexica and grammars.
Adler compares Lexicon Ambrosianum 144. See also sigma 414.
[1] Adler reports that this part of the entry is equivalent to one from the Etymologicum Symeonis included in Gaisford's edition of the Etymologicum Magnum, which is also the source for the notice in Etym. Magn. 710.18, which reads "around the wine-vat" (peri\ to\n lhno/n) rather than "in the wine-vat"; cf. ps.-Herodian, Epimerismi 175. Of course, both of the etymologies offered here are unlikely to be accurate; see Chantraine DELG s.v. *silhno/s..
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Translated by: William Hutton on 23 October 2013@00:15:21.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 23 October 2013@03:33:05.
William Hutton (tweaked n.1) on 23 October 2013@07:31:18.
David Whitehead on 23 December 2013@06:35:41.


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