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Headword: *kna/fos
Adler number: kappa,1854
Translated headword: carding-comb
Vetting Status: high
In Herodotus [this means] a thorn dragging through clothes.[1]
In times past carders would comb wool by rolling up a heap of thorns. And the heap was called knaphos.[2]
Greek Original:
*kna/fos: para\ *(hrodo/tw| a)/kanqa e(/lkousa i(ma/tia. o(/ti to\ palaio\n oi( knafei=s a)kanqw=n swro\n sustre/yantes ta\ i(ma/tia e)/knapton. o( de\ swro\s e)le/geto kna/fos.
For this headword see already kappa 1853. The first paragraph of the present entry's material is common from Philoxenus fr. 668 Theodoridis (cited in the Etymologicum Magnum and Etymogicum Gudianum), Herodian, De prosodia catholica p. 446, and Pollux 7.37. Similar wording in epsilon 2396; slightly different definition in kappa 1853.
[1] Herodotus 1.92.4 (it is it used as an instrument of torture), with explanation from the Glosses thereto (1.30).
[2] From epsilon 2396 (q.v.).
Keywords: botany; chronology; clothing; daily life; definition; historiography; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 14 December 2008@06:26:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 14 December 2008@07:45:19.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 14 December 2008@07:45:48.
David Whitehead on 5 March 2013@05:22:04.
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