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Headword: *ki/bhsis
Adler number: kappa,1576
Translated headword: bag, pouch, wallet
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] chest.
Greek Original:
*ki/bhsis: h( kibwto/s.
The headword ki/bhsis is a variant spelling of ki/bisis, which occurs in Hesiod, Shield 224: "the head of a dreadful monster, the Gorgon, covered the broad of his back, and a bag [chest?] of silver -- a marvel to see -- contained it". The Etymologicum Gudianum goes further, with its gloss "as in, the ki/bhsis of the Israelites [i.e. the Ark of the Covenant] and a chest, i.e. a sakkopa/qnion. But in other lexica, a sakkopa/qnion is a pouch (Hesychius s.v. xlido/s, ps.-Zonaras s.v. a)skoph/ra, Etymologicum Gudianum and Etymologicum Magnum s.v. ph/ra, alpha 4178). All other lexica glossing ki/bisis ~ ki/bhsis likewise hedge their bets and gloss it as "chest or pouch" (John Pediasimus, scholia on Hesiod, Shield 633; Etymologicum Magnum s.v. ki/bisis; scholia on Lycophron, Alexandra 838), or just pouch (Hesychius "pouch, in Cypriot"; scholia on Theocritus, Idylls 1.53d).
For the glossing term see kappa 1578.
Keywords: definition; mythology; poetry; religion
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 19 November 2008@06:56:12.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another x-ref; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 19 November 2008@08:06:08.
David Whitehead on 24 February 2013@05:15:06.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 28 April 2015@01:44:37.


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