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Headword: Νῆμα
Adler number: nu,316
Translated headword: thread
Vetting Status: high
and [in the plural] νήματα ["threads"]. From the [verb] νήθω , meaning I spin.
Certainly [formed] our of νῶ , [future] νήσω .[1]
Greek Original:
Νῆμα: καὶ νήματα. ἐκ τοῦ νήθω, τὸ κλώθω. μάλιστα ἐκ τοῦ νῶ, νήσω.
This correctly identifies νέω "spin" (LSJ s.v. νέω B) as the origin of νῆμα "thread".
[1] cf. Etymologicum Magnum 603.35.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 23 September 2009@07:01:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another note; tweaks and cosmetics) on 23 September 2009@09:02:55.
David Whitehead on 9 June 2013@04:34:16.
David Whitehead (coding) on 19 May 2016@04:48:47.


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