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Headword: Χηλαί
Adler number: chi,275
Translated headword: breakwaters
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the stones that are laid in front of a wall that faces the sea, on account of the force of the waves, so that the wall will not be damaged. [The term is derived] from the fact that it looks like the hoof [χηλή ] of an ox.
Greek Original:
Χηλαί: οἱ ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ πρὸς θάλασσαν τείχους προβεβλημένοι λίθοι, διὰ τὴν τῶν κυμάτων βίαν, μὴ τὸ τεῖχος βλάπτοιτο. παρὰ τὸ ἐοικέναι χηλῇ βοός.
Notes:
The gloss is taken from the scholia to Thucydides 1.63.1 (where a form of the headword appears: web address 1 below).
For the zoological sense of the headword see chi 276.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: architecture; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; imagery; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 28 March 2008@15:37:14.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference, set status) on 29 March 2008@21:26:22.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 30 March 2008@05:48:18.
David Whitehead on 11 November 2013@06:40:32.

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