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Headword: *ne/podes
Adler number: nu,251
Translated headword: nepodes
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] those swimming with their feet; for [that the word means] without feet [is] false; for seals do have feet. "Around him [were] nepodes seals." Homer [says this].
Also [sc. attested is] Nepos, [genitive] *ne/pwtos, an ethnikon.[1]
Also the name of a waterless mountain.[2] From the privative ne and the [verb] pw=mi,[3] [future] pw/sw, according to the ancients. [That is], out of which, clearly, it is impossible to drink.
Greek Original:
*ne/podes: nhci/podes: to\ ga\r a)/podes yeu=dos: e)/xousi ga\r po/das ai( fw=kai. a)mfi\ de/ min fw=kai ne/podes. *(/omhros. *ne/pws de/, *ne/pwtos, e)qniko/n. kai\ o)/rous de\ a)nu/drou o)/noma. para\ to\ ne sterhtiko\n kai\ tou= pw=mi, pw/sw, kata\ tou\s palaiou/s. e)c ou(= dhladh\ ou)k e)/sti piei=n.
The headword is quoted from Homer, Odyssey 4.404 (web address 1); see within the entry. The word has uncertain etymology and meaning; see the corresponding scholia, and also Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon, Hesychius, Etymologicum Magnum and LSJ s.v. (the last at web address 2). The word is also glossed in nu 250 as a synonym for fishes.
[1] Rather, a Roman proper name, as in Cornelius Nepos the biographer (Wikipedia entry at web address 3) and the emperor Julius Nepos (DIR entry by Ralph W. Mathisen at web address 4). For other meanings of the word (as offspring and prodigal) in Roman contexts see Joannes Laurentius Lydus, De magistratibus populi romani 62-4.
[2] Also in Etymologicum Magnum s.v. *ne/pws.
[3] Instead of pi/nw, I drink.
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; food; geography; zoology
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 16 January 2008@17:42:36.
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