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Headword: Ῥυμβεῖν
Adler number: rho,293
Translated headword: to cause to spin, to cause to whirl
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[ῥυμβεῖν sc. is a variant of] ῥομβεῖν . This [sc. comes] from the motion of the rhombos.[1]
Aelian [writes]: "and he used to fritter away the most precious things on a most unstinting prodigality."[2] ['He used to fritter away' comes] from the verb ῥυμβονῶ ["I swing round sc. and throw away"].
Greek Original:
Ῥυμβεῖν: ῥομβεῖν. τοῦτο δὲ ἀπὸ τῆς κινήσεως τοῦ ῥόμβου. Αἰλιανός: καὶ ἐρυμβόνα τὰ τιμιώτατα εἰς ἀσωτίαν ἀφειδεστάτην. ἀπὸ τοῦ ῥυμβονῶ ῥήματος.
Notes:
[1] Same material in Timaeus, Platonic Lexicon (an entry presumably generated by the appearance of this infinitive in Plato, Cratylus 426E). For rhombein and the rhombos see rho 221, rho 222, rho 223.
[2] Aelian fr. 149a Domingo-Forasté (146 Hercher); see already (as the headword phrase) at epsilon 3105.
Keywords: biography; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; imagery
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 September 2010@10:06:51.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 24 September 2010@01:50:44.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1) on 24 September 2010@03:00:53.
David Whitehead on 25 August 2011@10:19:04.
Catharine Roth (updated reference) on 5 November 2012@01:21:04.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 27 December 2014@21:34:19.
David Whitehead on 15 February 2016@03:11:50.

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