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Headword: Μικροῦ δέω
Adler number: mu,1055
Translated headword: little I am lacking
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] by a small amount I am wanting.[1]
Greek Original:
Μικροῦ δέω: παρὰ μικρὸν λείπω.
Notes:
The headword phrase expresses intention, readiness, proximity, or incipient action; cf. mu 1056, and already delta 247.
For an example of this idiomatic usage see Demosthenes 24.66 (web address 1). For other instances in the Suda see under alpha 3435, beta 164, delta 95, delta 329, mu 388, omega 182.
Denoting separation, the headword verb takes the genitive, μικροῦ , genitive singular of μικρός ('small'); cf. LSJ s.v. δέω (B), and Smyth §1397.
[1] Same entry in Photius (mu450 Theodoridis) and elsewhere.
Reference:
H.W. Smyth, Greek Grammar, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1956
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; politics; rhetoric
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 22 March 2008@01:24:28.
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