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Headword: *potw/menai
Adler number: pi,2140
Translated headword: flying about
Vetting Status: high
[potw/menai means they who are] spending time.[1] But potw=ntai [means] they fly.[2]
Greek Original:
*potw/menai: diatri/bousai. *potw=ntai de\ pe/tontai.
[1] Likewise in Photius (pi1130 Theodoridis) and other lexica, and similarly already in Hesychius pi3162. The headword is present participle, feminine nominative plural, of pota/omai (frequentative of pe/tomai). Unless it simply derives from Hesychius' accusative plural, it must be quoted from somewhere: the likeliest options are Homeric Hymn to Hermes 558 and Aristophanes, Peace 80, but see also Lucian, Podagra 281.
[2] Third person plural, present indicative, of the same verb. From a scholion on Homer, Iliad 2.462, where it occurs; cf. Hesychius pi3163.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; poetry
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 18 February 2013@01:13:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked and expanded notes; more keywords) on 18 February 2013@03:33:26.
David Whitehead on 11 October 2013@04:44:55.


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