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Headword: Νεφέλαι
Adler number: nu,273
Translated headword: clouds
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the smoky vapor rising out of the earth.[1]
Also a kind of hunting-net.[2]
Νεφέλη is derived from the [verb] νείφειν ["to snow"], that is, to rain,[3] and [from] the [verb] ἕλκειν ["to draw"]. That which attracts rain.
Greek Original:
Νεφέλαι: ἡ καπνώδης ἐκ γῆς ἀναθυμίασις. καὶ εἶδος δικτύου θηρευτικοῦ. ἐτυμολογεῖται νεφέλη παρὰ τὸ νείφειν, ὅ ἐστι βρέχειν, καὶ τὸ ἕλκειν. ἡ βροχὴν ἐφελκομένη.
Notes:
The noun νεφέλη has parallels in western Indoeuropean languages: Latin nebula, Welsh niwl, Old Norse njöl, Old High German nebul, Anglo-Saxon nifol (Chantraine s.v.). The related noun νέφος (nu 278) finds its correspondences in eastern Indoeuropean.
[1] Based on Alexander of Aphrodisias, Commentaries on Aristotle's Topica 466.28 Wallies; the Suda adds the adjective.
[2] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 194, where the accusative of the headword occurs.
[3] This meaning for νείφειν , which is usually applied only to frozen precipitation, is attested in late Greek; see LSJ s.v. νείφω (web address 1) and nu 294.
Reference:
P. Chantraine, Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque, ed. 2, Paris 2009
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 September 2009@22:21:17.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (augmented notes, added link and keywords, raised status) on 7 September 2009@18:32:55.
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