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Headword: *)olisqhro/s
Adler number: omicron,170
Translated headword: slippery
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] slick, readily changing one's mind.[1]
Greek Original:
*)olisqhro/s: eu)o/lisqos, eu)xerw=s metaginw/skwn.
The headword is an adjective in the masculine nominative singular; see LSJ s.v. It is first attested at Pindar, Pythians 2.96 (web address 1), where it is used as a metaphor for hazardous or treacherous.
[1] The first gloss, which is (or at least can be) synonymous with the headword, is a two-ending adjective in the masculine and feminine nominative singular; see LSJ s.v. The second gloss highlights a metaphorical usage of the headword, to mean elusive, evasive, or untrustworthy. An instance of this sense (II.1 in LSJ s.v.), involving the headword's superlative form o)lisqhro/taton (neuter nominative singular), occurs at Plato, Sophist 231A (web address 2), where the Eleatic Visitor reminds Theaetetus that resemblances are a most slippery kind. The headword is identically glossed in the Synagoge, Photius' Lexicon (omicron219 Theodoridis), Lexica Segueriana 316.14.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; philosophy; poetry
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 5 November 2009@01:13:52.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; another keyword; cosmetics) on 5 November 2009@03:40:49.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 24 June 2013@05:48:01.
David Whitehead (codings) on 19 May 2016@09:49:41.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 7 November 2016@18:04:21.


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