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Headword: *melai/nh|
Adler number: mu,465
Translated headword: dark, black
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] deep.[1]
But [sc. also attested is the phrase] 'dark emotions', [meaning] the ones which lie in depth; for deepness [is] dark.[2]
Greek Original:
*melai/nh|: baqei/a|. *me/lainai de\ fre/nes, ai( e)n ba/qei kei/menai: to\ ga\r baqu\ me/lan.
[1] Headword and gloss are both adjectives in the feminine dative singular. The headword is from me/las, me/laina, me/lan (LSJ s.v. at web address 1). In Homer it is used variously of emotions (fre/nes), ships, the earth, blood, water, and the sea; see Cunliffe 1963 s.v. This feminine dative singular is quoted from Homer, Iliad 1.300 (describing Achilles' ship: web address 2); cf. the scholia there, and other lexica.
[2] Homer, Iliad 1.103 (web address 3), with scholion. Cunliffe explains: "[me/lainai is] applied to the fre/nes thought of as darkened by deep emotion" (p.261).
Cunliffe, R. J. 1963. A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect. Oklahoma.
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; imagery; poetry
Translated by: Kyle Helms on 16 May 2009@13:56:25.
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Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 16 May 2009@14:57:25.
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