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Headword: *keiri/a
Adler number: kappa,1479
Translated headword: bedstead-band
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a kind of belt [made] out of ropes, somewhat like a strap, with which they bind together beds.[1] Aristophanes in Birds [writes]: "not even on my bedstead, not while I still have a bedstead-band."[2]
But a keirion [is] a rope.[3]
Greek Original:
*keiri/a: ei)=dos zw/nhs e)k sxoini/wn, pareoiko\s i(ma/nti, h(=| desmou=si ta\s kli/nas. *)aristofa/nhs *)/ornisin: ou)d' a)\n xameunh=| pa/nu ge keiri/an g' e)/xwn. *keiri/on de\ to\ sxoini/on.
[1] LSJ s.v. I. (The present gloss is taken, verbatim, from the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 816: see next note.) For LSJ s.v. II see kappa 1480.
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 816. (The accepted text has xameu/nh|, as in chi 75). "Should we call our city Sparta?" "By Heracles! Should I put spartê [a cord] on my city? Not even on my bedstead -- not while I still have a bedstead-band."
[3] Neuter keiri/on is so glossed in the Etymologicum Magnum and Etymologicum Gudianum, but is not otherwise attested in literature (Trapp s.v. adds Ludwich's orthographical lexica), and is probably a grammarian's fiction; the noun is derived directly from kei/rw "cut, crop" (kappa 1478).
Ludwich, A. 1905-1912. Anekdota zur griechischen Orthographie. Königsberg.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 13 November 2008@08:58:05.
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David Whitehead (more x-refs; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 13 November 2008@09:08:11.
David Whitehead (tweaked notes) on 13 November 2008@09:25:19.
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