κηφήν

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Pre-Greek. Previously related to κωφός (kōphós, dumb, deaf).[1]

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Noun[edit]

κηφήν (kēphḗnm (genitive κηφῆνος); third declension

  1. an apian drone (male bee)
  2. (used disparagingly of people) a lazy vagabond
    1. a literary plagiarist
    2. (figuratively) a worn-out, decrepit person

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010), “κηφήν, -ῆνος”, in Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), volume I, with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, pages 691-692

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