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Headword: Νῆσος
Adler number: nu,343
Translated headword: island
Vetting Status: high
[sc. The word is formed] out of the [verb] νῶ ['I swim'], [future] νήσω ; as if swimming in water.[1] Or also, they say, as if from the bird [called] νῆσσα ['duck'], by similarity.[2] From this [is derived] νησίτης ['belonging to an island'] and by pleonasm νησιώτης ,[3] like ἀγροιώτης ['countryman'].[4]
Greek Original:
Νῆσος. ἐκ τοῦ νῶ, νήσω: ἡ οἷον ἐγκολυμβῶσα ὕδατι. ἤ, φασί, καὶ ὡς ἀπὸ τοῦ ὀρνέου τῆς νήσσης, καθ' ὁμοιότητα. ἐντεῦθεν Νησίτης καὶ πλεονασμῷ Νησιώτης, ὡς ἀγροιώτης.
[1] cf. nu 226, nu 290.
[2] cf. nu 338, alphaiota 219.
[3] cf. nu 341.
[4] cf. alpha 380.
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 19 January 2003@21:45:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 20 January 2003@03:06:08.
Catharine Roth (added another cross-reference) on 20 January 2003@12:10:56.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 9 June 2013@06:07:07.


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