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Headword: *kenw=n fa/ous
Adler number: kappa,1328
Translated headword: of those empty of light
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] of blind [people].
Greek Original:
*kenw=n fa/ous: tuflw=n.
Same entry in other lexica; see the references at Photius kappa573 Theodoridis.
The headword phrase 'empty of light', here in the genitive plural, is commonly used by grammarians to derive gno/fos or kne/fas "darkness"; the latter derivation already occurs in Plutarch, Moralia [De primo frigido] 948E, citing Chrysippus fr.430. The lexicographers' phrase itself is believed to come from Attic tragedy: Adespota fr.219* Snell & Kannicht.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; medicine; philosophy; tragedy
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 30 October 2008@07:13:30.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 30 October 2008@07:42:45.
David Whitehead on 17 February 2013@09:36:30.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 26 February 2015@01:27:41.
David Whitehead (coding) on 30 April 2016@09:40:29.


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