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Headword: Χρείω
Adler number: chi,470
Translated headword: I proclaim
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The [verb that means] I prophesy.[1]
[Spelled] with a diphthong; but the future χρήσω [is spelled] with eta.
But χρίω [meaning] anoint [is spelled] with iota.[2]
Greek Original:
Χρείω: τὸ μαντεύομαι. διὰ διφθόγγου: ὁ δὲ μέλλων χρήσω διὰ τοῦ η. Χρίω δὲ τὸ ἀλείφω, διὰ τοῦ ι.
Notes:
See already alpha 3788 (end), copied from here.
[1] The headword is the epic/Ionic spelling of χράω (which we would do better to call *χρήω ). In Ionic the eta became shorter and more closed before an o-vowel (cf. the participle χρέωσα ). Epic meter required a long vowel, so it was spelled with epsiloniota to represent a closed long e. Similar glosses in other lexica and grammarians. See also chi 469, chi 492, chi 519, chi 541, chi 547.
[2] cf. chi 519, chi 520, epsilon 4045.
Reference:
M. Lejeune, Phonétique historique du mycénien et du grec ancien, (Paris 1972) p. 256.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 June 2007@21:29:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more x-refs; cosmetics) on 5 June 2007@03:17:31.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 13 March 2008@01:04:54.
Catharine Roth (updated bibliography) on 5 June 2008@11:01:22.
David Whitehead on 13 November 2013@04:55:34.

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