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Headword: *)amfoi=n
Adler number: alpha,1793
Translated headword: of both
Vetting Status: high
[a)mfoi=n means the same as] a)mfote/rwn.[1]
"Many men were caught between the two sides and utterly destroyed."[2]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] a)mfoi=n podoi=n ["with both feet"], meaning with all one's might. Aristophanes in Birds [writes]: "we have flown away from our homeland with both feet."[3] From a metaphor of the birds, with both wings; or from the ships which sail "with both feet" when running before the wind;[4] or meaning perfectly, using in anticipation the metaphor of the birds.
Greek Original:
*)amfoi=n: a)mfote/rwn. me/soi de\ lhfqe/ntes a)mfoi=n polloi\ diefqa/rhsan. kai\ *)amfoi=n podoi=n, a)nti\ tou= panti\ sqe/nei. *)aristofa/nhs *)/ornisin: a)nipta/meq' e)k th=s patri/dos a)mfoi=n podoi=n. a)po\ metafora=s tw=n o)rne/wn, a)mfoi=n pteroi=n: h)\ e)k tw=n new=n, ai(\ ou)riodromou=sai a)mfoi=n toi=n podoi=n ple/ousin: h)\ a)nti\ tou= tele/ws, prolhptikw=s th=| tw=n o)rne/wn xrw/menos metafora=|.
The headword is genitive (also dative) case, dual number, of a)/mfw; see alpha 1790. It is possibly, though not necessarily, extracted from the first quotation given.
[1] So already (but at greater length) Hesychius alpha4145.
[2] Quotation unidentifiable.
[3] Aristophanes, Birds 35 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. nu 450, sigma 33.
[4] "In a ship, podes are the two lower corners of the sail, or the ropes fastened thereto, by which the sails are tightened or slackened." LSJ pou/s II 2. See also omicron 951.
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; military affairs; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 24 August 2000@01:44:32.
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Catharine Roth (Altered wording; added note and keywords; raised status.) on 29 August 2000@01:26:43.
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 28 July 2002@07:31:10.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 18 October 2005@05:45:09.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 16 June 2010@02:04:35.
David Whitehead (betacode and other cosmetics) on 22 February 2012@05:34:16.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 7 March 2012@02:02:54.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 13 August 2013@01:03:41.
David Whitehead (more x-refs) on 23 January 2014@06:16:56.
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