βλέφαρον

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

According to Beekes, probably of Pre-Greek origin and cognate with βλέπω (blépō, to see, to perceive).[1] Hamp had suggested Proto-Indo-European *gʷlep- (to look).[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

βλέφᾰρον (blépharonn (genitive βλεφάρου); second declension

  1. (chiefly in the plural) eyelid

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Descendants[edit]

  • Greek: βλέφαρο (vléfaro)
  • Latin: blepharon
  • English: blepharon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 220
  2. ^ Eric P. Hamp (1994) , “Βλέφαϱον”, in Glotta : Zeitschrift für griechische und lateinische Sprache, volume 72, issue 1/4, Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (GmbH & Co. KG), JSTOR 40266978, OCLC 5542929908, page 15:
    On the lines of my analysis of ὀφθαλμός (Études celtiques 14, 1974, 192) as *okʷstH̥l-mo- or *okʷtsHl-mó- (a deverbal noun < a denominal verb) I would claim it to be more principled to analyze βλέφαϱον as derived from βλέπ-ω in the form *gʷlep-H-ro-, just as χεφαλή is *kep-Hₐ-l-. Our lexeme βλέφαρον then implies an old heteroclite *gʷlep-H/n-.

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