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Headword: Μέλαθρα
Adler number: mu,445
Translated headword: roof
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning a] house.[1]
"[His] roof [...] I will reduce to ashes".[2]
[So called] from blackening [μελαίνεσθαι ] by smoke.[3]
Greek Original:
Μέλαθρα: οἶκον. Ἀριστοφάνης: μέλαθρα μὲν ἂν καταιθαλώσω. παρὰ τὸ μελαίνεσθαι ὑπὸ τοῦ καπνοῦ.
Notes:
[1] The headword, which must be quoted from somewhere (not necessarily the Aristophanic line given below), is a poetic neuter accusative plural; the gloss is masculine accusative singular. Likewise or similarly in other lexica: see the references at Photius mu219 Theodoridis.
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 1247-8 (web address 1), here abridged and (by αὐτοῦ becoming ἄν ) corrupted; cf. kappa 893, and under pi 1029.
[3] Same etymology in Etymologicum Magnum 576.16.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: architecture; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; poetry; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 21 May 2008@05:17:43.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note, link, and cross-reference; set status) on 21 May 2008@11:22:02.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 22 May 2008@02:53:47.
David Whitehead on 14 May 2013@07:09:17.

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