κείρω

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *(s)kér-ye-, ye-present from the root *(s)ker-. Cognate with Old English scieran (English shear), Old Armenian քերեմ (kʿerem, I scratch).

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /kěː.rɔː/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /ˈki.ro/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /ˈki.ro/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /ˈci.ro/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /ˈci.ro/
  • Verb[edit]

    κείρω (keírō)

    1. I shear, shave, cut hair short
      • The Greek New Testament, Acts 8:32:
        ὡς πρόβατον ἐπὶ σφαγὴν ἤχθη· καὶ ὡς ἀμνὸς ἐναντίον τοῦ κείραντος αὐτὸν ἄφωνος, οὕτως οὐκ ἀνοίγει τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ.
        He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth.
      • The Greek New Testament, Acts 18:18:
        κειράμενος τὴν κεφαλήν ἐν Κεγχρεαῖς· εἶχε γὰρ εὐχήν.
        having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
    2. I ravage, waste
    3. I destroy, consume, devour
    4. I cut short, lessen, reduce

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