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Headword: Κολόκυμα
Adler number: kappa,1944
Translated headword: roller
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a silent wave, not splashing against anything. "Pushing forth a roller and agitating and stirring [the sea]". Aristophanes [sc. says this].
Greek Original:
Κολόκυμα: τὸ κωφὸν κῦμα καὶ μὴ ἐπικαχλάζον. ὠθῶν κολόκυμα καὶ ταράττων καὶ κυκῶν. Ἀριστοφάνης.
Aristophanes, Knights 692, referring metaphorically to Kleon (kappa 1731), with scholion.
Same entry in Pausanias the Atticist kappa37 and Photius kappa887 Theodoridis. Hesychius kappa3368 refers instead to a "blind" wave, and the scholiast ad loc. refers to a "maimed" κολοβόν wave, "which they call 'blind' because it does not splash". The scholiast adds: "or, rolling and threatening. A high and large wave, rolling after it has been brought to a head. And this is with regard to the wind." The scholia vetera to Homer, Iliad 13.472 suppose that κόλον in κολοσυρτόν and κολόκυμα means "large".
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 5 January 2009@10:24:30.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, keywords, status) on 5 January 2009@14:25:16.
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