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Headword: *kumbi/a
Adler number: kappa,2682
Translated headword: vessels
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning?] lumps of gold.[1]
Greek Original:
*kumbi/a: ta\ mazi/a tw=n xrusi/wn.
Same entry, according to Adler, in the Ambrosian Lexicon (1927). For this neuter headword, here plural, see again kappa 2683.
If the gloss is intended as a definition of the headword, it is for a usage otherwise unattested. Usually the term refers to a type of drinking vessel. For descriptions, see: Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 11.488F [11.77 Kaibel]; Harpokration s.v. kumbi/on (= Photius, Lexicon kappa1199 Theodoridis), commenting on Demosthenes 21.158 (see further below); scholia to Lucian, Dialogues of the Dead 22.2. Other meanings are attested, though not outside commentary and lexicography; e.g. 'boat' (Harpokration s.v.), 'spine of an ox' (Etymologicum Magnum 543.8; 'helmet' (scholia to Demosthenes 21.158). It is possible that the gloss is an excerpt or a corruption of commentary on a passage where kumbi/a appear among other things as items of luxury, e.g. Alexis fr. 328 Kock = 329 Kassel-Austin (in Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 11.481F-482A [11.63 Kaibel]); Demosthenes 21.158 (web address 1); Lucian, Dialogues of the Dead 22.2, Diogenes Laertius 3.42.
[1] Literally 'of the golden [things]'.
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Translated by: William Hutton on 11 March 2008@23:39:43.
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David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmnetics) on 12 March 2008@04:52:30.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 20 March 2013@09:13:14.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 January 2015@09:13:28.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 15 January 2015@18:02:30.
David Whitehead (expanded some refs) on 16 January 2015@05:02:53.
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