μέλισσα

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Potentially from *μελίλιχια (*melílikhia), from Proto-Indo-European *mélit (honey) + *leyǵʰ- (lick). Compare Sanskrit मधुलिह् (madhulih).

Alternatively from Proto-Hellenic *meliťťa, equivalent to μέλι(τ)- (méli(t)-) +‎ -ια (-ia).

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /mé.lis.sa/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /ˈmɛ.lis.sa/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /ˈme.lis.sa/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /ˈme.lis.sa/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /ˈme.li.sa/
  • Noun[edit]

    μέλισσᾰ (mélissaf (genitive μελίσσης); first declension

    1. a bee
    2. (poetic) honey
    3. poet (from their culling of sweet things from nature)
    4. the priestess at Delphi
    5. (Neoplatonist philosophy) any pure being

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    Greek[edit]

    Etymology[edit]

    From Ancient Greek μέλισσα (mélissa).

    Noun[edit]

    μέλισσα (mélissaf (plural μέλισσες)

    1. bee

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