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Headword: Λειριόεντα
Adler number: lambda,394
Translated headword: lily-like
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] delicate. [sc. The term is derived] from smoothness [λειότης ]. (For a "lily" [is] the flower [of that name].) [But others define it as] soft, pleasant, sweet.
Greek Original:
Λειριόεντα: ἁπαλά. παρὰ τὴν λειότητα. λείριον γὰρ τὸ ἄνθος προσηνῆ, τερπνά, ἡδέα.
Notes:
Likewise or similarly in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon (see the references at Photius lambda152 Theodoridis), and in a scholion on Homer, Iliad 3.152, where λειριόεσσαν is applied figuratively to the sound of cicadas. The present headword λειριόεντα comes from 13.830, where Hector uses it contemptuously of Ajax's lily-white skin. Compression of earlier versions of the entry -- see esp. those of Apollonius and Hesychius -- has produced grammatical confusion in the later ones.
See also lambda 395.
Keywords: botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; imagery; mythology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 1 April 2009@01:03:26.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 April 2009@04:14:50.
Catharine Roth (restored previous translation, after discussion with DW) on 1 April 2009@17:36:52.
David Whitehead (expanded note; tweaking) on 17 April 2013@06:36:13.
David Whitehead (note tweak) on 3 February 2014@05:52:15.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 13 April 2015@00:02:46.

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