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Headword: *masqo\s
Adler number: mu,250
Translated headword: breast
Vetting Status: high
[*masqo/s] and masto/s: properly [used] in reference to a woman, but by catachresis also in reference to a man. [The form] masqo/s [comes] from qw=,[1] [meaning] I nurse; but [it is called] masto/s because of being full [mesto/s] of milk. See also under mazo/s.[2]
Greek Original:
*masqo\s kai\ *masto/s: kuri/ws e)pi\ gunaiko/s, kataxrhstikw=s de\ kai\ e)pi\ a)ndro/s. to\ me\n masqo\s a)po\ tou= qw=, to\ qhla/zw: to\ de\ masto\s dia\ to\ mesto\s ei)=nai ga/laktos. kai\ zh/tei e)n tw=| mazo/s.
[1] No verb qw= meaning "I nurse" is attested; but there was a theory, especially promoted by Philoxenos of Alexandria (phi 394), that the Greek vocabulary could be derived from a core of monosyllabic verbs, so this form can be regarded as hypothetical. See Dickey 3.1.10 (p. 85).
[2] mu 39: see note there.
Dickey, Eleanor. Ancient Greek Scholarship: A Guide to Finding, Reading, and Understanding Scholia, Commentaries, Lexica, and Grammatical Treatises, from Their Beginnings to the Byzantine Period. American Philological Association Classical Resource Series. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; gender and sexuality; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 May 2008@15:28:44.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (typo and other cosmetics; more keywords) on 7 May 2008@03:37:10.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 8 May 2013@07:18:28.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 18 December 2013@01:17:27.


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