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Headword: Νέφος
Adler number: nu,278
Translated headword: cloud
Vetting Status: high
As if [from] νέ-φαος , that which is deprived of light.[1] Thus also κνέφας [is] that which is empty [κενόν ] of light [φάος ].[2]
Greek Original:
Νέφος: οἱονεὶ νέφαος, τὸ ἐστερημένον φωτός. οὕτω καὶ κνέφας, τὸ κενὸν φάους.
cf. Etymologicum Magnum 521.52, 601.45 (and nu 273). Νέφος corresponds to Sanskrit nábhas-, Old Slavic nebo, Hittite nepiš (Chantraine s.v.).
[1] Similar derivation in Orion [Author, Myth], citing Philoxenos.
[2] For κνέφας "twilight", see kappa 1859.
P. Chantraine, Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque, ed. 2, Paris 2009
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 September 2009@22:33:04.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (added keyword, set status) on 7 September 2009@23:49:32.
David Whitehead (augmented primary note) on 13 September 2009@05:08:05.
David Whitehead on 7 June 2013@06:28:18.


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