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Headword: Νείφω
Adler number: nu,294
Translated headword: I snow
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] I rain, [spelled] with a diphthong.[1]
But νιφόμενος ["being snowed upon"] [meaning] being covered with snow [is spelled] with an iota.[2] But νήφων ["being sober"] [meaning] staying awake [is spelled] with eta.[3]
Greek Original:
Νείφω: τὸ βρέχω, διὰ διφθόγγου. Νιφόμενος δὲ χιονιζόμενος, διὰ τοῦ ι. Νήφων δὲ ἐγρηγορῶν, διὰ τοῦ η.
Notes:
[1] See already nu 273. The Indoeuropean root for "snow" was *sneighw-, seen in Greek νείφει (only Zeus would have used the first person singular) and Latin nix, nivis and ninguit, as well as English "snow," German Schnee, etc. See LSJ entry at web address 1.
[2] Also at nu 440.
[3] See nu 359.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 22 November 2000@23:52:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 24 May 2001@03:50:36.
David Whitehead (restorative cosmetics) on 31 August 2002@10:59:35.
Catharine Roth (changed italics to betacode; restored note number) on 7 October 2002@00:16:03.
Catharine Roth (inserted betacode) on 13 June 2003@11:25:11.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 7 June 2013@07:19:17.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 20 September 2013@22:52:30.

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