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Headword: Ῥαχίζων
Adler number: rho,63
Translated headword: cleaving, cutting through the spine
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[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.
Notes:
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 .
Associated internet address:
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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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