κόλπος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain origin. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *kʷelp- (to curve, arch), which is cognate with Proto-Germanic *hwalfą (vault, arch).[1][2][3]

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Noun[edit]

κόλπος (kólposm (genitive κόλπου); second declension (Epic, Attic, Doric, Aeolic, Koine)

  1. bosom, lap
  2. womb
  3. a fold in fabric around the bosom
    • 300 BCE – 200 BCE, Theocritus, 15 134:
      λύσασαι δὲ κόμαν καὶ ἐπὶ σφυρὰ κόλπον ἀνεῖσαι
      lúsasai dè kóman kaì epì sphurà kólpon aneîsai
  4. any hollow space, pocket
  5. especially of water, the hollow between waves
  6. gulf, bay, creek

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(many Romance descendants through a Late or Vulgar Latin intermediate)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  2. ^ Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN
  3. ^ Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010), “κόλπος”, in Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), volume I, with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 740-741

Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κόλπος (kólpos).

Noun[edit]

κόλπος (kólposm (plural κόλποι)

  1. bosom
  2. bay, gulf
  3. (anatomy) vagina
  4. (anatomy) atrium (of the heart)

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