μαστός

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Perhaps related to μαδάω (madáō, to be moist). If so, then from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d- (wet, glossy, fat, well-fed).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

μᾰστός (mastósm (genitive μᾰστοῦ); second declension

  1. (anatomy) (especially of women) The human breast.
    1. (zootomy, rarely) (of animals) An udder.
    2. (of all mammals, in general) The breast.
  2. (figuratively) Any round, breast-shaped object:
    1. A round hill or knoll.
    2. A round piece of wool fastened to the edge of nets.
    3. (among the Paphians) A breast-shaped cup.

Usage notes[edit]

All usage contradicts the statement of the Grammarians that μαζός (mazós) is the man's breast, μαστός (mastós) the woman's.

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: mastos

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μαστός (mastós).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /masˈtos/
  • Hyphenation: μα‧στός

Noun[edit]

μαστός (mastósm (plural μαστοί)

  1. (anatomy) breast (mammary gland)
  2. (zoology) udder

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