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Headword: Χέμετλα
Adler number: chi,196
Translated headword: chilblains
Vetting Status: high
[sc. formed] like χέρνιβα ['hand-bath'].
Greek Original:
Χέμετλα: ὡς χέρνιβα.
The headword is unattested elsewhere, but is probably a variant for the nominative/accusative plural of χίμετλον /χείμετλον ('chilblain'); cf. chi 313 and the similar entry at Etymologicum Magnum 811.55. The gloss of this entry thus alludes to the fact that χέμετλα derives from χειμών ('winter') with a loss of diphthongization in the same way that χέρνιβα (chi 209, chi 210) loses the diphthong of its root, χείρ ('hand'); cf. ps.-Herodian 3.2.605.
The entry perhaps derives ultimately from commentary on Aristophanes, Wasps 1167, where the singular form of the headword (with -ι- rather than -ε- ) occurs (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; dialects, grammar, and etymology; poetry
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 27 March 2008@14:37:29.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (augmented note, added link and keywords, raised status) on 27 March 2008@18:49:37.
David Whitehead (x-refs; removed a keyword; typo and other cosmetics) on 28 March 2008@04:09:10.
David Whitehead on 10 November 2013@07:24:42.


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