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Headword: Μεσάτμῳ
Adler number: mu,646
Translated headword: to a weaver's beam
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] to the [sc. weaver's] rod, to the middle beam of the loom.
Greek Original:
Μεσάτμῳ: τῷ κανόνι, τῷ μέσῳ καλάμῳ τοῦ ἱστοῦ.
Notes:
The headword as transmitted is dative singular of a putative neuter noun μέσατμον , but no such noun is otherwise attested. In fact it occurs in the Septuagint (1 Samuel 17:7), with the same meaning, as μέσακλον ; cf. LSJ s.v. The word also appears in Pausanias the Atticist (mu13) and Hesychius (mu96) as μέσακμον , and Hesychius mentions as variants μεσάκτων and μεσάκρων .
The dative being glossed here is possibly μεσάκμῳ in Nonnus, Dionysiaca 24.254. Although LSJ gives μέσακλον as the primary form, ἄκμων at least provides an etymology for the word ("middle 'anvil'?"); and Eustathius, Commentary on Odyssey 8.107, explicitly posits μεσάκμων .
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Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 31 May 2009@21:20:49.
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