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Headword: Θάμνος
Adler number: theta,39
Translated headword: bush
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] root. [So called] from its position [θέσις ] in the ground. But Homer says [that it means] the proliferating parts of leaves. "As he lay beneath a leafy bush".[1]
Josephus [uses it] in the masculine: "at which [mountain, i.e. Mount Sinai], as we have before related, the vision of the bush, and the other wonderful appearances, had happened".[2]
Greek Original:
Θάμνος: ἡ ῥίζα. ἀπὸ τῆς ἐν τῇ γῇ θέσεως. Ὅμηρος δὲ τὰ πολυπληθῆ φησι τῶν φύλλων. θάμνῳ ὑπ' ἀμφικόμῳ κατακείμενος. ἀρσενικῶς Ἰώσηπος: ἐν ᾧ καὶ τὰ περὶ τὸν θάμνον καὶ τὰ ἄλλα φαντάσματα συντυχεῖν προειρήκαμεν.
The headword is similarly glossed in the Etymologicum Gudianum; cf. more broadly e.g. Hesychius theta85, theta87, theta88; Photius, Lexicon theta19 Theodoridis and other references there.
cf. theta 40.
[1] Homer, Iliad 17.677 (web address 1).
[2] Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 3.62 (web address 2); referring to Moses.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; historiography; religion
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 5 October 2007@18:44:16.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, keyword, status) on 6 October 2007@01:34:11.
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