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Headword: Λωφῆσαι
Adler number: lambda,745
Translated headword: to abate
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"Justinian was very ready for the destruction of humankind, but had no means to abate [it]."[1]
The [term] "to abate" applies strictly to oxen, [i.e.] removing the weight from the neck. For lophos [is] the [animal's] neck.[2]
Greek Original:
Λωφῆσαι: ἦν δὲ Ἰουστινιανὸς ἐς μὲν ἀνθρώπων φθορὰν ἑτοι- μότατος, ἐς δὲ τὸ λωφῆσαι ἀμήχανος. κυρίως δὲ εἴρηται λωφῆσαι ἐπὶ βοῶν, τὸ τὸ βάρος ἀπὸ τοῦ τραχήλου ἀποθέσθαι. λόφος γὰρ ὁ τράχηλος.
Notes:
For this verb see also lambda 744, lambda 747; and cf. lambda 746.
[1] Procopius, Secret History 15.5. For Justinian see generally iota 446.
[2] Same folk-etymological material in Photius (lambda508 Theodoridis) and other lexica. For the equivalence invoked, see already lambda 704.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; history; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 April 2009@04:50:36.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 13 April 2009@11:21:18.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 13 April 2009@11:24:30.
David Whitehead (added missing note number; expanded n.2) on 14 April 2009@02:56:41.
David Whitehead on 22 April 2013@08:21:05.

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