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Headword: Κηκάς
Adler number: kappa,1499
Translated headword: mischievous, abusive
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] one who reproaches/reviles. Also [sc. attested is the related noun] mischief/abuse.
Greek Original:
Κηκάς: ὁ λοίδορος. καὶ Κηκασμός.
Notes:
The adjective κηκάς is used in Callimachus fr. 656 κηκάδι σὺν γλώσσῃ "with an abusive tongue", and Nicander, Alexipharmaca 185 πιοτέρην ὅτε βότρυν ἐσίνατο κηκὰς ἀλώπηξ "when the mischievous fox plundered the fat grapes". The noun κηκασμός comes from Lycophron Alexandra 545 (dative plural) or 692 (accusative singular).
Otherwise the words only occur in lexica and scholia: κηκάς from Hesychius kappa2482 on; κηκασμός in e.g. the scholia to Lycophron 545 (above). The Etymologicum Parvum and Etymologicum Magnum derive κηκάς from κακός , a derivation the LSJ repeats with reservations. The Etymologicum Parvum is the first lexicon to gloss κηκάς as λοιδορία . The word is absent from Photius' Lexicon.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; poetry
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 14 November 2008@05:20:19.
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