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Headword: *di/dumoi
Adler number: delta,878
Translated headword: twins
Vetting Status: high
We customarily [use this word to mean] those who are born together; in a special sense [it is used to mean] single individuals.[1] Or [for things which occur] doubly, as "with twin pipes."[2]
Greek Original:
*di/dumoi: sunh/qws h(mi=n kai\ oi( sumfuei=s, i)di/ws oi( mo/noi: h)\ dissw=s: kai/, au)loi=si didu/mois.
Likewise or similarly in other lexica.
[1] Aristarchus, reported by a scholion on Homer, Iliad 23.638 (web address 1). Less than self-explanatory here in the Suda, Aristarchus' contention was that in this instance the headword did not mean a pair of twins such as the Dioskouroi (delta 1209) but difuei=s, men with two bodies.
[2] Homer, Odyssey 19.227, on the pins of a brooch (web address 2). For another impersonal application see delta 870.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: clothing; daily life; definition; epic; meter and music; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 May 2004@18:35:18.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 5 May 2004@03:31:51.
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented note 1) on 7 May 2004@04:01:33.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 24 July 2011@20:41:36.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2; more keywords) on 4 July 2012@04:41:37.
David Whitehead on 4 July 2012@04:41:54.
David Whitehead (another note) on 23 August 2013@08:36:04.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 23 August 2013@21:39:01.


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