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Headword: *diaphniki/sai
Adler number: delta,698
Translated headword: to pull the wig over
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to deceive. For the ancient Attic [sc. writers used to call] a prosthetic lock made out of of hairs a phni/kh.[1] And some say that the [verb] fenaki/sai ["to hoodwink"] [sc. gets its name] from this.[2]
Greek Original:
*diaphniki/sai: e)capath=sai. phni/khn ga\r oi( a)rxai=oi *)attikoi\ th\n e)k tw=n trixw=n periqeth\n ko/mhn. kai\ to\ fenaki/sai tine\s a)po\ tou/tou ei)rh=sqai le/gousin.
Same or similar entries in other lexica. The headword is the aorist infinitive of diaphniki/zw. It is presumably extracted from somewhere -- probably Cratinus (fr. 282 Kock, now 304 K.-A.), to whom the grammarian Pausanias and, post-Suda, Etymologicum Magnum 269.31 attribute this very rare verb.
[1] Actually phnh/kh; see LSJ s.v. (web address 1) and pi 1529.
[2] cf. LSJ s.v. fenaki/zw (web address 2) and fena/kh ("wig": web address 3). See also phi 194, phi 195, phi 196.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: clothing; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; science and technology
Translated by: William Hutton on 21 October 2003@14:35:49.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 22 October 2003@00:29:31.
David Whitehead (another note) on 22 October 2003@03:28:44.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 22 October 2003@03:48:28.
Catharine Roth (added cross-references) on 21 September 2011@19:42:26.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 22 September 2011@03:25:13.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 January 2015@08:50:17.
David Whitehead (coding and other cosmetics) on 28 October 2015@04:49:11.


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