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Headword: *sh=res
Adler number: sigma,336
Translated headword: Seres, Silk-people, Chinese
Vetting Status: high
A nation, where raw silk occurs. Hence the fabrics made from raw silk are called serica.
Also [sc. attested is] *sh/r ["Chinese"], [genitive] *shro/s, the nominative [sc. singular].
Greek Original:
*sh=res: e)/qnos, e)/nqa h( me/taca gi/netai. e)c ou(= kai\ shrika\ ta\ e)k meta/chs u(fasme/na le/getai. kai\ *sh/r, shro/s, h( eu)qei=a.
The main part of this entry is also in Photius and elsewhere. See generally Nicholas Purcell in OCD4 s.v.
Extant references to the Seres begin with Strabo, who regarded them as Indian; so too e.g. Stephanus of Byzantium s.v.
cf. sigma 337, omega 116.
Keywords: clothing; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 24 May 2004@13:57:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; another x-ref; another keyword) on 25 May 2004@03:09:18.
Catharine Roth (capitalized a word) on 25 May 2004@11:39:58.
David Whitehead (more notes; cosmetics) on 17 August 2011@09:30:08.
David Whitehead on 17 August 2011@09:30:46.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 18 August 2011@23:20:39.
David Whitehead on 24 December 2013@04:00:23.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2014@10:29:31.


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