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Headword: *nhkerdh/s
Adler number: nu,308
Translated headword: profitless, unprofitable
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] useless, unintelligent.
Greek Original:
*nhkerdh/s: a)nwfelh/s, a)su/netos.
From the negative prefix *ne and ke/rdos "gain/profit."
Likewise or similarly glossed in other lexica (references at Photius nu183 Theodoridis), and cf. also a scholion on Homer, Iliad 17.469, where the headword occurs in the accusative singular, modifying boulh/n "counsel" (web address 1).
Properly, the prefix takes the form nh- when *ne- is elided before an initial vowel, as in nhlh/s (nu 313), nhmerth/s (nu 317), nh/nemos (nu 319); but nh- is analogically extended to roots beginning with consonants, as here and in nhpenqh/s (nu 321).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 23 August 2009@00:27:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 23 August 2009@04:35:14.
David Whitehead on 7 June 2013@08:26:11.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 8 June 2013@23:45:04.


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