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Headword: Ἰσόκωλον
Adler number: iota,651
Translated headword: equimembral
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning something] that which has equal parts. Aristotle says[1] that if an account of something compound is rendered which has as many parts as the compound also has -- [a compound] whose definition is rendered -- this account will not be a definition of that [compound]. For in the accounts thus rendered there must be a transference of the names into [a single] name.
Greek Original:
Ἰσόκωλον: τὸ ἶσα μέρη ἔχον. λέγει δὲ Ἀριστοτέλης ὅτι, ἐὰν συνθέτου τινὸς λόγος ἀποδοθῇ τοσαῦτα μέρη ἔχων, ὅσα καὶ τὸ σύνθετον ἔχει, οὗ ὁ ὁρισμὸς ἀποδίδοται, οὐκ ἔσται οὗτος ὁ λόγος ὁρισμὸς ἐκείνου. ἐν γὰρ τοῖς οὕτως ἀποδιδομένοις λόγοις ἀναγκαῖον ὀνομάτων εἰς ὄνομα τὴν μετάληψιν γεγονέναι.
Notes:
This entry is taken (with some variations) from Alexander of Aphrodisias, Commentaries on Aristotle's Topica 477.27-478.1 Wallies.
[1] Topica 148b33-37.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 4 December 2003@18:11:35.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified aspects of translation; cosmetics) on 5 December 2003@04:06:53.
David Whitehead on 15 January 2013@07:53:34.
David Whitehead (coding) on 27 April 2016@07:09:08.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 17 February 2019@22:43:02.

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