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Headword: Ποικινὸς λόγος
Adler number: pi,3086
Translated headword: solid speech
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a sturdy one.
Greek Original:
Ποικινὸς λόγος: ὁ πυκνός.
Neither the headword phrase nor the adjective transmitted within it, ποικινός , is attested elsewhere prior to the Suda. After the Suda, one lexicon of the poetry of Gregory of Nazianzus has the genitive compound form ποικινόφρονος (Lexicon Casinense pi65), but this is clearly a mistake for the well-attested adjective πυκινόφρονος (cf. Gregory of Nazianzus PG 37.1512.13; Lexicon to the poems of Gregory of Nazianzus (from cod. Paris. Coislin. 394) pi 192; Hesychius pi4329). This suggests that the adjective here is likewise a pronunciation-based spelling of the word usually spelled πυκινός (as recognized, apparently, by a corrector to ms M), virtually equivalent to the current gloss πυκνός . The pronunciation of πυκινός and ποικινός would have been indistinguishable in late Greek (for a similar possible error see pi 3078). Nevertheless the phrase πυκινός λόγος is equally unattested, so the source of this headword phrase as transmitted remains a mystery; cf. pi 3149, and for related words all the entries from pi 3142 to pi 3155 inclusive. Alternatively, Adler reports that J.F.A. Seidler (1779-1851) proposed the emendation of ποικινός to ποικίλος ('variegated', 'versatile', 'clever'; cf. pi 3084 etc.). The phrase ποικίλος λόγος is attested as such (nominative singular) at Origen (PG 17.85.52) and frequently elsewhere in other cases and numbers. (Seidler's emendation would, however, place the entry out of alphabetical order.)
Keywords: Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; meter and music; poetry; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 20 September 2013@06:59:37.
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William Hutton on 20 September 2013@07:19:26.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword; cosmetics) on 20 September 2013@07:43:56.
David Whitehead on 23 October 2013@06:41:00.
David Whitehead (coding) on 25 May 2016@04:44:42.


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