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Headword: Λόγχη
Adler number: lambda,664
Translated headword: lance, spear
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
They name each composite whole in the singular, as if someone might say "horse" in reference to many horses.[1]
So a "lance" [is] an iron javelin.[2]
Greek Original:
Λόγχη: ἕκαστον σύστημα ἑνικῶς λέγουσιν, ὡς εἴ τις ἐπὶ πολλῶν ἵππων εἴποι τὴν ἵππον. Λόγχη οὖν σιδήρειον ἀκόντιον.
Notes:
See also lambda 663 lambda 665.
[1] From the scholia to Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus 1311 (web address 1). The "seven lances" there are referring to seven troops of spearmen (LSJ s.v. λόγχη III).
[2] cf. generally alphaiota 18, zeta 97.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; military affairs; trade and manufacture; tragedy
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 20 June 2009@13:13:10.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (upgraded link, added keywords, set status) on 20 June 2009@16:21:44.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; another keyword; tweaks) on 21 June 2009@04:01:48.
David Whitehead on 22 April 2013@03:16:35.

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