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Headword: *du/sosmos
Adler number: delta,1671
Translated headword: malodorous
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] ill-smelling.
Greek Original:
*du/sosmos: dusw/dhs.
Both of these adjectives -- more similar in the Greek than they sound in translation -- have the same root: the verb o)/zw, I smell, and the prefix dus-, with notion of hard, bad, unlucky, difficult. See generally LSJ s.v. For the headword cf. beta 593, gamma 426, kappa 147, phi 641. (For the gloss see delta 1672.)
The word is common in medical literature, with reference to breath or body fluids. For an "active" meaning of the prefix dus-, see Xenophon, Cynegeticus [On Hunting] 5.3: oi( o)/mbroi [...] th\n gh=n poiou=si du/sosmon; "the rains make the ground hard [sc. for dogs] to smell"; cf. Pollux 5.12.
Also in Hesychius s.v. (but with the neuter form instead of the masculine).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; medicine; zoology
Translated by: Stefano Sanfilippo on 16 February 2005@17:49:40.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference, set status) on 17 February 2005@00:06:44.
David Whitehead (more x-refs; cosmetics) on 17 February 2005@03:06:56.
Antonella Ippolito on 17 February 2005@21:25:43.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 18 February 2005@03:05:24.
David Whitehead on 22 July 2012@07:39:38.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 8 March 2015@01:03:42.
David Whitehead on 8 March 2015@04:33:57.


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