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Headword: *mela/nudros
Adler number: mu,464
Translated headword: black-watered, dark-watered
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning ] deep,[1] but in the proper sense [one] of clear water.[2]
Greek Original:
*mela/nudros: baqei=a, kuri/ws de\ kaqarou= u(/datos.
[1] The adjective "deep" is here feminine, baqei=a, probably presupposing the noun krh/nh "spring". The headword itself, mela/nudros, is an epic epithet of springs. See e.g. Homer, Odyssey 20.158: "twenty women went to the black-watered spring" (ai( me\n e)ei/kosi bh=san e)pi\ krh/nhn mela/nudron). Same or similar entry in other lexica (see the references at Photius mu221 Theodoridis), and cf. the scholia to Homer, Iliad 9.14 (another "black-watered spring").
[2] i.e. the water looks black from its depth. See LSJ s.v. (= web address 1 below).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; poetry
Translated by: Kyle Helms on 5 May 2009@21:39:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented n.1; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 May 2009@03:55:16.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 14 May 2013@08:32:53.


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