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Headword: *timalfe/steron
Adler number: tau,592
Translated headword: fetching a higher prize, more precious
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] of higher esteem, more brilliant; for [the verb] alphein is 'to find';[1] so that something fetching a very high price becomes something finding a maximum value -- which of course is what has happened to the gold.
Greek Original:
*timalfe/steron: timiw/teron, lampro/teron: a)lfei=n ga/r e)sti to\ eu(ri/skein: w(/ste gi/nesqai to\ timalfe/staton to\ timh\n eu(ri/skon plei/sthn: o(\ dh\ sumbe/bhke tw=| xrusw=|.
Likewise in other lexica, including Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon; references at Photius tau304 Theodoridis. The material is generated by Plato, Timaeus 59B, where the superlative timalfe/staton is used in reference to gold. The lexicographers' headword, the comparative timalfe/steron, perhaps derives (if it is not simply a mistake) from Nicostratus of Macedon in Stobaeus 4.23.62, xrusou= ... timalfe/steron.
[1] cf. alpha 1446.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; philosophy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 December 2013@05:09:55.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (coding, status) on 6 December 2013@09:35:03.
David Whitehead (another note) on 6 December 2013@09:53:26.
David Whitehead on 13 January 2014@06:26:08.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 27 December 2014@23:41:55.


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