θῆλυς

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁(y)-. Cognates include Sanskrit धयति (dhayati), Avestan 𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬥𐬎 (daēnu), Old Armenian դիեմ (diem) and Old Church Slavonic доити (doiti).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

θῆλυς (thêlusm, θήλεια f, θῆλυ n; first/third declension

  1. female
  2. of or belonging to a woman
  3. fruitful, nourishing, life-giving
  4. soft, delicate, weak
  5. female (having an internal socket, into which another part fits)

Inflection[edit]

This is one of the three adjectives in -ύς, -εῖα, -ύ, along with ἥμισυς (hḗmisus) and πρέσβυς (présbus), that have a recessive accent.

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