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Headword: *kompolaku/qou
Adler number: kappa,2018
Translated headword: braggart's, of a braggart
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] of an idle boaster and vainglorious [man]. The word is altered and transformed. For the flask [lhku/qion] came from the [verb] lakei=n ["to crackle"]. For lhkui+/zein [means] to shout and make a sound more loudly;[1] for a flask [lh/kuqos] makes a sound, when it also is puffed. Anything that is puffed makes a noise [ko/mpos].[2] So [the word] is composed from ko/mpos and lh/kuqos.
Greek Original:
*kompolaku/qou: mataioko/mpou kai\ kompw/dous. parapepoihme/non de/ e)sti kai\ parapeplasme/non to\ o)/noma. a)po\ tou= lakei=n ga\r e)n paragw/gw| ge/gone to\ lhku/qion. lhkui/+zein ga\r to\ mei=zon boa=n kai\ yofei=n: h)=xon ga\r a)potelei= kai\ h( lh/kuqos, e)pei\ kai\ au)th\ pefu/shtai. pa/nta de\ ta\ pefushme/na ko/mpon poiei=. a)po\ ou)=n tou= ko/mpou kai\ th=s lhku/qou sunte/qeitai.
From a scholion on Aristophanes, Acharnians 589, where the headword is an invented bird-name (web address 1).
[1] Repeated at lambda 440; see also lambda 436, lambda 438, lambda 439.
[2] On ko/mpos, meaning both "din" and "boast," cf. kappa 2019 and kappa 2021; also another comic compound at kappa 2020.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 27 January 2009@18:14:39.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 28 January 2009@02:56:46.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 11 March 2013@04:33:59.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 9 April 2013@02:01:30.


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