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Headword: Λαῖφος
Adler number: lambda,208
Translated headword: laiphos
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Variously meaning a] sail, cloth, outer-garment; and the dative [is] laiphei.
Greek Original:
Λαῖφος: ἄρμενον, ἱστίον, ἱμάτιον: καὶ ἡ δοτικὴ τῷ λαίφει.
Note:
LSJ records for the epic/poetic neuter noun λαῖφος the two senses "shabby garment" and "canvas, sail". The dative given here in the Suda is to illustrate that this is a third declension neuter and not a second declension masculine. Of the other lexica, Herodian (Partitions p. 76 Boissonade), the Etymologicum Gudianum, the Etymological Genuinum, the Etymologicum Magnum, ps.-Zonaras and Gennadius Scholarius, Grammar p. 463, all define it as just "sail" (with the folk etymology λίαν φαίνεσθαι "very much to be seen"); Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon and Hesychius as just "cloth" (with one ms of Hesychius adding "namely, sail"); and the Synagoge, Photius, and the Lexica Segueriana as just "outer-garment". The Suda has combined them all. Theognostus, On Orthography 27, and ps.-Zonaras also define it as χλαῖνα "cloak".
Keywords: clothing; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; military affairs; poetry; trade and manufacture; tragedy
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 16 March 2009@03:47:08.
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David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 16 March 2009@04:20:05.
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