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Headword: *smi/lh
Adler number: sigma,742
Translated headword: chisel
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a tool [of that name].[1]
In the Epigrams: "and a chisel notch of sharp-ended reeds."[2] The 'i' [sc. in the word for chisel] is long. Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "furrows of a chisel," meaning of a pen. The marks of writings. "Come now, writing-tablet of burnished planks, receive the furrows of a chisel."[3]
Greek Original:
*smi/lh: e)rgalei=on. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: kai\ smi/lan dona/kwn a)krobelw=n glufi/da. makro\n to\ i. kai\ *smi/lhs o(lkoi/, a)nti\ tou= grafei/ou. ta\ shmei=a tw=n gramma/twn. a)/ge dh\ pina/kwn cestw=n de/ltoi, de/casqe smi/lhs o(lkou/s.
The headword, here nominative singular, can apply to anything from a chisel for wood-, stone- or leather-working to a surgeon's knife. Here the examples apply it to a writing implement.
For a related word see sigma 741.
[1] cf. ps.-Herodian, Epimerismi 127.9.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.62.2 (Philip of Thessanonike). Here a Doric dialect accusative singular form of the headword appears.
[3] Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 778-9, with comments from the scholia. Here the headword occurs in the genitive singular.
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Translated by: William Hutton on 8 March 2014@15:47:56.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaking; raised status) on 9 March 2014@06:09:07.


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