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Headword: Νηπιέη
Adler number: nu,324
Translated headword: childhood, childishness
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] foolishness.[1]
This [word is] derived from nêpios.[2]
Greek Original:
Νηπιέη: ἀφροσύνη. κτητικὸν τοῦτο τοῦ νήπιος.
Notes:
[1] LSJ entry for the headword at web address 1.
[2] Literally 'an acquired [formation: τύπον ] from nh/pios' (nu 325). The Suda entry reflects Etymologicum Magnum 604.26 -- commenting on νηπιέῃ ἀλεγεινῃ̂ at Homer, Iliad 9.491 (web address 2) -- where the origin of the word νηπιέη is explained as a formation from the feminine of the possessive adjective νηπίειος [i.e. νηπιείη ] by dropping the latter iota.
See also Chantraine, who does not comment on the derivation of the word given in the Etym. Magn., but emphasizes the metrical considerations and accounts for the form by analogy with ἠνορέη .
References:
P. Chantraine, Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque (Paris: 1968) v.2 p. 751 s.v. νήπιος
P. Chantraine , Grammaire homérique 5th ed. (Paris:1973) v.1 p.83
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: children; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics
Translated by: Tony Natoli on 24 July 2001@18:07:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified note, added links and reference) on 25 July 2001@20:32:55.
Catharine Roth (restored the translator's note as revised) on 30 July 2001@10:55:37.
David Whitehead (added x-ref; cosmetics) on 20 December 2002@03:52:15.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 9 June 2013@04:59:31.

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