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Headword: *la\c e)ntei/nwn
Adler number: lambda,108
Translated headword: stretching out with the heel
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning someone] striking with a kick.[1] Lax is the sort of sound made by the toes.[2]
Greek Original:
*la\c e)ntei/nwn: lakti/smati tu/ptwn. la\c de/ e)stin o( u(po\ tou\s daktu/lous tou= podo\s poio\s yo/fos.
Same or similar entry in other lexica; see the references at Photius lambda 84 Theodoridis. The headword phrase combines the present participle (masculine nominative singular) of the verb e)ntei/nw with the adverb la/c (formed like pu/c "with the fist" and gnu/c "with the knee"). Though it shows broad similarities with phrases in Homer, notably la\c podi\ kinh/sas in Iliad 10.159 and Odyssey 15.45 (lambda 111), its actual origin appears to be patristic Commentary on the Psalms (Eusebius, Origen, Cyril of Alexandria).
[1] This glossing phrase sounds epic/poetic but is in fact attested only at Diodorus Siculus 4.59.4 (of the murderous methods of the mythological Skeiron: sigma 568).
[2] Literally, by the fingers of the foot. (But lax is nowhere else attested as a sound.)
Keywords: Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; historiography; mythology; religion
Translated by: Oliver Phillips ✝ on 3 August 2008@20:04:10.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 4 August 2008@04:23:33.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 2 April 2013@06:27:50.
David Whitehead on 2 April 2013@06:41:15.
David Whitehead (codings) on 16 May 2016@06:48:14.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 24 February 2019@19:51:45.


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