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Headword: Νῆσσα
Adler number: nu,338
Translated headword: duck
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the bird [of that name]. And they say νῆττα in Attic.[1]
[Formed] out of the [verb] νῶ, νήσω , [meaning] "I dive/swim."[2]
Greek Original:
Νῆσσα: τὸ ὄρνεον. καὶ Νῆττα λέγεται Ἀττικῶς. ἐκ τοῦ νῶ, νήσω, τὸ κολυμβῶ.
Notes:
[1] cf. alphaiota 219; also Boeotian νᾶσσα in Aristophanes, Acharnians 875. Cognate with Latin anas, anatis.
[2] This etymology is a marginal addition in ms M; cf. nu 226.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 18 January 2003@00:50:51.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 19 January 2003@05:24:27.
David Whitehead on 9 June 2013@05:54:26.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 16 June 2013@17:17:16.

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