Λάμια

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See also: λάμια and Λαμία

Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

According to Beekes, from λαμυρός (lamurós, avaricious, voracious, coquettish), a Pre-Greek word probably related to λαιμός (laimós, throat, gullet). Others[1][2][3] suggest a late Proto-Indo-European stem *lem (ghost, nocturnal spirit) that was ultimately borrowed from a substrate language such as Etruscan or Anatolian. Compare Latin lemures (ghosts of the departed).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

Λᾰ́μῐᾰ (Lámiaf (genitive Λᾰμῐ́ᾱς); first declension

  1. (Greek mythology) A fabulous monster said to feed on man's flesh; bugbear with which to frighten children

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References[edit]

  • Λάμιᾰ in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Λάμια in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Woodhouse, S. C. (1910) English–Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language[1], London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited.
  1. ^ Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN
  2. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill
  3. ^ Mallory, J. P.; Adams, D. Q. (2006) The Oxford introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European world, Oxford University Press