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Headword: Κῆτος
Adler number: kappa,1555
Translated headword: sea-monster, whale
Vetting Status: high
A marine beast with many forms.[1]
"For it is a lion, a shark,[2] a pard, a puffer-fish,[3] a saw-fish[4] which is called malle, which is hard to struggle against; and a ram, an animal hateful to see."[5]
Greek Original:
Κῆτος: θαλάσσιον θηρίον πολυειδές. ἔστι γὰρ λέων, ζύγαινα, πάρδαλις, φύσαμος, πρῆστις, ἡ λεγομένη μάλλη, ὃ καὶ δυσανταγώνιστόν ἐστι: καὶ κριός, ἰδεῖν ἐχθρὸν ζῷον.
LSJ entry at web address 1. The headword gives rise to the modern term cetacean (etc.).
[1] Similarly already in Hesychius kappa2575, where Latte regards the entry as generated by Jonah 2.1 LXX.
[2] See more precisely at zeta 178.
[3] Read φύσαλος . See LSJ s.v. (web address 2).
[4] Also spelled πρίστις : LSJ at web address 3.
[5] Aelian, On the Nature of Animals 9.49.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 2 January 2002@19:27:45.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 5 January 2002@05:17:53.
David Whitehead (x-ref; cosmetics) on 7 June 2004@06:35:12.
David Whitehead (more notes and keywords) on 22 February 2013@06:39:31.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 24 February 2013@00:05:08.
David Whitehead (coding) on 1 May 2016@05:04:02.


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