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Headword: Εἴα
Adler number: epsiloniota,6
Translated headword: provender
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] fodder.
But ἤϊα [i.e. with an eta] [means] foodstuffs.
Greek Original:
Εἴα: χόρτος. Ἤϊα δὲ βρώματα.
Notes:
Same entry in Photius and elsewhere.
This distinction between the headword -- not in LSJ -- and the very similar ἤϊα (trisyllabic, besides the initial eta) summarizes the more explicit one in Hesychius epsilon720, which glosses ἐΐα as "either fodder or its provision". Together with eta 140 (ἤϊον is "food for a journey"), the essence of the distinction seems to emerge as that between animals and humans.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; zoology
Translated by: Anne Mahoney on 4 December 1999@16:38:37.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword, translation, note; added keywords) on 26 June 2001@05:35:29.
Catharine Roth (added betacode) on 15 July 2006@12:34:27.
David Whitehead (expanded note; cosmetics) on 22 November 2012@06:16:27.
Catharine Roth (corrected reference) on 26 December 2012@23:36:24.
David Whitehead on 21 April 2016@07:53:37.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticules) on 29 March 2018@00:09:18.

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