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Headword: Μεγακήτης
Adler number: mu,353
Translated headword: full of hollows, full of sea-monsters
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] great.
Greek Original:
Μεγακήτης: ὁ μέγας.
Notes:
A non-committal gloss on this epic adjective, the etymology of which was a matter of dispute amongst ancient scholars: either "great in respect of hollows" (from the adjective κητώεις , itself less than self-evident in meaning but best-known as the epic epithet of Lakedaimon) or "great in respect of sea-monsters" (from the noun κῆτος : see kappa 1555). For passages see LSJ s.v. (web address 1).
cf. (e.g.) Etymologicum Magnum 574.42 and the scholia to Homer, Iliad 8.222.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; epic; geography; zoology
Translated by: Christopher Blackwell on 17 October 2000@10:17:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and note; added keyword; cosmetics) on 14 September 2001@08:03:06.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 14 September 2001@11:50:08.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords) on 12 May 2013@08:15:39.
David Whitehead (coding) on 17 May 2016@08:56:44.

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