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Headword: Ῥαχίζων
Adler number: rho,63
Translated headword: cleaving, cutting through the spine
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he] slaughtering, cutting through.[1] Sophocles [writes]: "[he] cleaving in a circle." Meaning slaughtering around the place of the fold. [sc. The term is used] because the first and great[est] cut occurs along the spine.[2] By a metaphor we also call those who accomplish great things ῥαχισταί ["cleavers"].[3]
Greek Original:
Ῥαχίζων: σφάζων, διακόπτων. Σοφοκλῆς: κύκλῳ ῥαχίζων. ἀντὶ τοῦ κατὰ τόπον τῆς ἐπαύλεως σφάζων. διὰ τὸ τὴν πρώτην καὶ μεγάλην διακοπὴν κατὰ τὴν ῥάχιν γίνεσθαι. ἐκ μεταφορᾶς δὲ καὶ τοὺς μεγάλα κατορθοῦντας ῥαχιστάς φαμεν.
An expanded version of Photius rho57 Theodoridis.
[1] The headword, extracted from the quotation given, is present participle of ῥαχίζω (cf. rho 61, rho 62, and more broadly rho 65), masculine nominative singular.
[2] Sophocles, Ajax 56 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. Hesychius s.v.
[3] cf. rho 62 for another sense of ῥαχιστής .
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; imagery; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 9 September 2010@20:17:13.
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David Whitehead (expansions to notes; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 September 2010@03:09:46.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 24 August 2011@05:52:35.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaking) on 27 October 2013@09:02:27.


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