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Headword: *nh=sos
Adler number: nu,343
Translated headword: island
Vetting Status: high
[sc. The word is formed] out of the [verb] nw= ['I swim'], [future] nh/sw; as if swimming in water.[1] Or also, they say, as if from the bird [called] nh=ssa ['duck'], by similarity.[2] From this [is derived] nhsi/ths ['belonging to an island'] and by pleonasm nhsiw/ths,[3] like a)groiw/ths ['countryman'].[4]
Greek Original:
*nh=sos. e)k tou= nw=, nh/sw: h( oi(=on e)gkolumbw=sa u(/dati. h)/, fasi/, kai\ w(s a)po\ tou= o)rne/ou th=s nh/sshs, kaq' o(moio/thta. e)nteu=qen *nhsi/ths kai\ pleonasmw=| *nhsiw/ths, w(s a)groiw/ths.
[1] cf. nu 226, nu 290.
[2] cf. nu 338, alphaiota 219. As if islands are similar to swimming ducks?
[3] cf. nu 341. In fact nhsiw/ths is the ordinary word, and nhsi/ths is attested only in the grammarian Stephanus of Byzantium.
[4] cf. alpha 380.
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 19 January 2003@21:45:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 20 January 2003@03:06:08.
Catharine Roth (added another cross-reference) on 20 January 2003@12:10:56.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 9 June 2013@06:07:07.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 9 November 2020@01:15:03.
Catharine Roth (expanded another note) on 9 November 2020@01:16:55.


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