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Headword: *pi/ssa
Adler number: pi,1637
Translated headword: Pissa, Pisa; pitch, tar
Vetting Status: high
Name of a city.[1] Also bitumen.[2]
Greek Original:
*pi/ssa: o)/noma po/lews. kai\ h( a)/sfaltos.
[1] Otherwise unattested in this -ss- spelling, for which cf. Pelagonion 'Pissaion' (Polybius 5.108.1) and Phrygian 'Pissia' (Barrington Atlas map 62 grid G5). But in fact, as the parallel entries in other lexica show (e.g. Etymologicum Magnum 673.13), the name is actually Pisa -- not the Tuscan city of that name but the precursor of Olympia (Pausanias 6.22.2, etc.), here in its Doric form.
[2] Pitch or tar; cf. alpha 4296 and alpha 470.
Keywords: definition; geography; science and technology
Translated by: Nicholas Fincher on 29 July 2003@13:27:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 30 July 2003@03:20:49.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 30 July 2003@03:24:33.
Nicholas Fincher (added Pisa as headword) on 30 July 2003@17:52:33.
David Whitehead (streamlined headword options and n.1) on 13 October 2011@09:01:37.
David Whitehead (coding) on 23 May 2016@06:27:35.


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