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Headword: *)/alba
Adler number: alpha,1089
Translated headword: alba, whiteys
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] pearls.[1]
Greek Original:
*)/alba: oi( ma/rgaroi.
The headword, not registered in LSJ s.v., is presumably the plural of Latin album. (Note, however, that in Lewis & Short alba meaning a pearl is feminine singular; so in ch.21 of the fictional Life of the Emperor Heliogabalus (Elagabalus) in the Scriptores Historiae Augustae, by "Aelius Lampridius".)
[1] Or, perhaps less probably, pearl-oysters. See LSJ s.v. for these twin meanings. For 'pearls' cf. under epsilon 1419.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 24 April 2001@13:44:53.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 10 June 2002@09:35:22.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 3 February 2012@04:18:23.
David Whitehead (further expansion of notes; tweaking) on 26 May 2015@11:34:14.


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