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Headword: *ki/bos
Adler number: kappa,1577
Translated headword: kibos
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] little box.
Greek Original:
*ki/bos: kibw/tion.
LSJ s.v. kibwto/s [kappa 1578] mentions this entry as a suggested root form of the noun, whose etymology is problematic. But the same derivation is given in Choeroboscus (On Orthography), the Etymologicum Gudianum, the Etymologicum Magnum, and ps.-Zonaras, with the last three attributing it to Horus of Miletus: "it may be from ki/bos, meaning 'food'." That is, Horus seems to have suggested a derivation from Latin cibus, which is implausible given how early the noun appears in Greek. Lewy (1895:99-100) has suggested an Aramaic etymology (qūbbʿta "water tank" or qēbʿta "stomach"), and takes the derivation from ki/bos seriously, as closer to the Hebrew/Phoenician origins of the word. (The two Aramaic forms correspond to Hebrew qubbā and qēbā.)
Lewy, Heinrich. 1895. Die semitischen Fremdwörter im griechischen. Gaertner.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 19 November 2008@07:45:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 19 November 2008@08:10:51.
David Whitehead on 24 February 2013@05:18:02.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 24 April 2016@00:35:18.


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