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Headword: Ποικιλόμητις
Adler number: pi,3081
Translated headword: intricate-witted
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] intricate-counseled.[1]
But ποικιλόμητις [sc. is also attested].[2]
Greek Original:
Ποικιλομήτης: ποικιλόβουλος. Ποικιλόμητις δέ.
For related words involving the adjective ποικίλος ('variegated/intricate/clever') and its compounds, see the other entries between pi 3079 to pi 3085 inclusive.
[1] = Synagoge pi516, Photius pi3981 Theodoridis; cf. Hesychius pi2716. Adler dubs the entry 'gl.Hom'. The headword in this form (nominative singular) is scarcely attested outside lexicography, but the vocative form ποικιλομῆτα and the accusative ποικιλομήτην , do frequently occur in Homer as formulaic epithets for Odysseus and others. In his edition of Hesychius Latte calls attention to Iliad 11.482 (accusative); Theodoridis adds Odyssey 3.163 (likewise).
[2] A rarer form of essentially the same word, following a different strategy of noun-formation: the primary headword uses an alpha-declension agentive ending, while this form preserves the consonant-declension ending of the second of the constituent nouns of the compound μῆτις ('wits', 'intelligence'). Again, scarcely attested in this form (nominative singular); see e.g. Nonnus, Dionysiaca 8.125, Greek Anthology 9.670.5 (author unknown); unlike the primary headword, however, this is also rare in other forms (e.g. Sophocles fr. 592 Radt, nominative plural).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; imagery; meter and music; mythology; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: William Hutton on 21 September 2013@07:30:34.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (typo) on 21 September 2013@09:56:28.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule, status) on 21 September 2013@22:55:08.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; more keywords; cosmetics) on 22 September 2013@04:18:15.
David Whitehead on 23 October 2013@06:36:01.


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