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Headword: *kolo/kuma
Adler number: kappa,1944
Translated headword: roller
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a silent wave, not splashing against anything. "Pushing forth a roller and agitating and stirring [the sea]". Aristophanes [sc. says this].
Greek Original:
*kolo/kuma: to\ kwfo\n ku=ma kai\ mh\ e)pikaxla/zon. w)qw=n kolo/kuma kai\ tara/ttwn kai\ kukw=n. *)aristofa/nhs.
Aristophanes, Knights 692, referring metaphorically to Kleon (kappa 1731), with scholion.
Same entry in Pausanias the Atticist kappa37 and Photius kappa887 Theodoridis. Hesychius kappa3368 refers instead to a "blind" wave, and the scholiast ad loc. refers to a "maimed" kolobo/n wave, "which they call 'blind' because it does not splash". The scholiast adds: "or, rolling and threatening. A high and large wave, rolling after it has been brought to a head. And this is with regard to the wind." The scholia vetera to Homer, Iliad 13.472 suppose that ko/lon in kolosurto/n and kolo/kuma means "large".
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 5 January 2009@10:24:30.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, keywords, status) on 5 January 2009@14:25:16.
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