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Headword: *kelh/tion
Adler number: kappa,1303
Translated headword: dinghy, yacht
Vetting Status: high
A small boat. From a metaphor of the keles horse, on which a single man sits.
Greek Original:
*kelh/tion: mikro\n ploia/rion. a)po\ metafora=s tou= ke/lhtos i(/ppou, w(=| ei(=s a)nh\r e)pika/qhtai.
From a scholion on Thucydides 1.53.1, where the headword (a diminutive) occurs.
The primary meaning of ke/lhs (LSJ s.v. I) is "courser, riding horse", usually in apposition with i(/ppos as in the definition (e.g. Homer, Odyssey 5.371). The term was metaphorically extended to a type of yacht (LSJ s.v. II), with a single bank of oars; it occurs in Herodotus 8.94, Thucydides 4.9, 8.38, Xenophon Hellenica 1.6.36, and elsewhere.
On the two senses of ke/lhs, see kappa 1300 and kappa 1301.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 23 October 2008@07:09:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 23 October 2008@07:31:20.
David Whitehead on 15 February 2013@09:26:59.


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