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Headword: *(raxi/zwn
Adler number: rho,63
Translated headword: cleaving, cutting through the spine
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he] slaughtering, cutting through.[1] Sophocles [writes]: "[he] cleaving in a circle." Meaning slaughtering around the place of the fold. [sc. The term is used] because the first and great[est] cut occurs along the spine.[2] By a metaphor we also call those who accomplish great things r(axistai/ ["cleavers"].[3]
Greek Original:
*(raxi/zwn: sfa/zwn, diako/ptwn. *sofoklh=s: ku/klw| r(axi/zwn. a)nti\ tou= kata\ to/pon th=s e)pau/lews sfa/zwn. dia\ to\ th\n prw/thn kai\ mega/lhn diakoph\n kata\ th\n r(a/xin gi/nesqai. e)k metafora=s de\ kai\ tou\s mega/la katorqou=ntas r(axista/s famen.
An expanded version of Photius rho57 Theodoridis.
[1] The headword, extracted from the quotation given, is present participle of r(axi/zw (cf. rho 61, rho 62, and more broadly rho 65), masculine nominative singular.
[2] Sophocles, Ajax 56 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. Hesychius s.v.
[3] cf. rho 62 for another sense of r(axisth/s.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; imagery; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 9 September 2010@20:17:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (expansions to notes; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 September 2010@03:09:46.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 24 August 2011@05:52:35.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaking) on 27 October 2013@09:02:27.


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