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Headword: *polueidh/s
Adler number: pi,1964
Translated headword: of many forms, of many kinds
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] polymorphic/multiform.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the related abstract noun] polueidi/a ['multiplicity of kind'],[2] [meaning] variety/diversity.[3]
Greek Original:
*polueidh/s: polu/morfos. kai\ *polueidi/a, h( poikili/a.
Notes:
The primary headword, an adjective, appears in Plato's discussion of the tyrant (who is the same as the intemperate person having political power) and the soul ruling over him: the appetitive soul, which is described by Plato as being 'a beast of many kinds or forms' (Republic 612A).
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica; references at Photius pi1038 Theodoridis.
[2] The noun is used by Plato, Republic 580D-E, in his discussion of the types of pleasure corresponding to the three parts of the soul. The third type of pleasure, belonging to the appetitive part of the soul, is of many kinds and there is no special name for it.
[3] This word makes reference to different things: the diversity of colors or stars, for example (see Plato, Phaedo 110D; Republic 529D).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 25 July 2003@10:25:47.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; cosmetics) on 26 July 2003@08:58:18.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 April 2010@08:33:49.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaking) on 9 October 2013@05:08:04.

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