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Headword: Μάχλος
Adler number: mu,306
Translated headword: lewd
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] licentious, profligate.[1]
From the [verb] κλῶ ["I break"] [comes] κλός , and by addition of the syllable μα [is made] μάκλος , and by a shift [of consonant] μάχλος .[2]
"[Since] she had previously lived a lewd kind of life and had developed a dissolute character, and had associated largely with her parents' sorcerers [...]."[3]
Greek Original:
Μάχλος: ἀσελγής, ἄσωτος. παρὰ τὸ κλῶ, κλός, καὶ πλεο- νασμῷ τῆς μα συλλαβῆς μάκλος, καὶ τροπῇ μάχλος. αὕτη τὸ πρότερον μάχλον τινα βιώσασα βίον καὶ τὸν τρόπον ἐξερρωγυῖα φαρμακεῦσί τε πατρῴοις πολλὰ ὡμιληκυῖα.
cf. generally mu 305, mu 307, mu 308.
[1] Likewise or similarly glossed in other lexica: see the references at Photius mu153 Theodoridis.
[2] It is hardly necessary to say that this etymology is improbable.
[3] About Antonina, the wife of Belisarius: Procopius, Secret History 1.12, quoted also at epsilon 1650, phi 98. The passage at epsilon 165 follows.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; historiography; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 24 September 2005@18:04:01.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 25 September 2005@06:41:13.
Catharine Roth (added note and keyword) on 25 September 2005@15:07:04.
David Whitehead (supplemented tr; more x-refs) on 21 April 2008@07:57:48.
Catharine Roth (added new note 1) on 30 April 2009@11:00:07.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 9 May 2013@06:41:46.


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