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Headword: *bei/dios
Adler number: beta,248
Translated headword: glorious (?)
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] one who/which is famous.
Greek Original:
*bei/dios: o( e)/ndocos.
Same entry, according to Adler, in the Ambrosian Lexicon. In other lexica the plural beidioi is registered as a Laconian dialect word, for officials of some kind. Not in LSJ as that form, but see the LSJ entry on bidiai=oi (other forms bi/deoi and bi/duoi), glossed as "officers at Sparta, whose duties were connected with the charge of the the ephebi"; five in Pausanias, six in inscriptions. This is derived from *widuios, with beta representing w-. Perhaps the Suda's adjective is from the same root, with the meaning "conspicuous."
P. Chantraine, Dictionnaire ├ętymologique de la langue grecque, ed. 2 (Paris 2009), s.v. bi/duos (p. 167)
Keywords: constitution; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; military affairs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 9 August 2000@19:11:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead on 30 August 2002@07:35:45.
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keywords) on 28 May 2012@05:46:44.
Catharine Roth (added bibliography) on 2 June 2012@00:53:05.
David Whitehead (coding and other cosmetics) on 20 September 2015@04:54:39.
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