πῆχυς

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *bʰāǵʰus. Cognates include Sanskrit बाहु (bāhu, arm) and Old English bōg (English bough).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

πῆχυς (pēkhus) (genitive πήχεως) m, third declension

  1. forearm, from the wrist to the elbow
  2. the centrepiece, which joined the two horns of an ancient bow
  3. (in the plural) the horns or sides of the lyre
  4. (in the balance) the beam
    • Theological Principles of Arithmetic 39
  5. (as a measure of length) cubit, the distance from the point of the elbow to that of the little finger
    • 100 CE – 200 CE, Pollux, Collected Works 2.158
    1. a cubit-rule, foot-rule
  6. (in the plural) the cubits, small children one cubit in height represented in pictures as playing round the Nile

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References[edit]

  • LSJ 8th edition