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Headword: *mala/xia
Adler number: mu,98
Translated headword: soft [fishes]
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] those aquatic animals which do not have bones; such as cuttle-fish, octopus. These also have no blood or internal organs.[1]
But some write mala/xeia with a diphthong.
Greek Original:
*mala/xia: o(/sa tw=n e)nu/drwn o)ste/a ou)k e)/xei: oi(=on shpi/a, polu/pous. tau=ta de\ kai\ a)/naima/ e)sti kai\ a)/splagxna. tine\s de\ mala/xeia dia\ difqo/ggou gra/fousi.
[1] Aristophanes of Byzantium, Epitome of Aristotle's History of animals 2.2-4 (reading mala/kia with kappa). See also sigma 332, pi 1996. Hesychius mu 167 has the masculine form mala/xios: i)xqu=s poio/s "a kind of fish."
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; medicine; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 9 August 2006@00:44:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 9 August 2006@03:42:43.
David Whitehead on 29 April 2013@05:15:49.
Catharine Roth (expanded notes) on 2 July 2020@23:13:44.


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