κέντρον

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From κεντέω (kentéō, I sting) +‎ -τρον (-tron).

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /kén.tron/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /ˈkɛn.tron/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /ˈken.tron/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /ˈcen.tron/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /ˈcen.dron/
  • Noun[edit]

    κέντρον (kéntronm (genitive κέντρου); second declension

    1. Something with a sharp point: point, spike, spur
    2. sting, quill, thorn
    3. Torture device or instrument of motivation: whip, goad
    4. nail, rivet
    5. stationary point of a pair of compasses
    6. center of a circle
    7. (figuratively, vulgar) penis
      • Sotades on Ptolemy II's incestuous marriage, cited by Plutarch, De liberis educandis 11a, and Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 14.621a:
        εἰς οὐχ ὁσίην τρυμαλιὴν τὸ κέντρον ὠθεῖς.
        eis oukh hosíēn trumaliḕn tò kéntron ōtheîs.
        You're sticking your prick in an unholy hole.

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