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Headword: Χειρόμακτρον
Adler number: chi,254
Translated headword: hand-wipe, napkin, towel
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] that which among Romans is called a μανδήλιον .[1]
[The word is derived] from to touch [μάττειν ] the material.[2]
Greek Original:
Χειρόμακτρον: ὃ παρὰ Ῥωμαίοις καλεῖται μανδήλιον. παρὰ τὸ μάττειν τὴν ὕλην.
[1] Likewise or similarly in the Synagoge and other lexica (beginning with Hesychius chi299). The Latin is mantelium, a variant of mantelum. Other variants include mantele, mantile, and mantilium. See the entry in L&S s.v. mantele at web address 1 below.
[2] The proper etymology of the Latin word is from manus ("hand") and telum, perhaps cognate with tergeo ("to wipe"), cf. Umbrian mandraclo ("towel"), and therefore semantically similar to the Greek etymology, although using different IE roots.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 21 March 2008@17:23:31.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 23 March 2008@01:05:49.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 23 March 2008@05:43:49.
David Whitehead on 11 November 2013@05:43:30.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 13 January 2015@23:36:36.


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