οἶκος

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From ϝοῖκος (woîkos), from Proto-Indo-European *wéyḱs. Cognates include Latin vīcus, whence English wick (village); Sanskrit विश् (viś) and वेश (veśa); and Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐌷𐍃 (weihs).

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οἶκος (oîkosm (genitive οἴκου); second declension

  1. house or dwelling place
    • 800 BCE – 600 BCE, Homer, Iliad 24.471
      γέρων δ’ ἰθὺς κίεν οἴκου
      gérōn d’ ithùs kíen oíkou
      but the old man went straight toward the house
    • 800 BCE – 600 BCE, Homer, Odyssey 23.7
      ἦλθ’ Ὀδυσεὺς καὶ οἶκον ἱκάνεται
      êlth’ Oduseùs kaì oîkon hikánetai
      Odysseus is here, and has come home
    1. room, chamber
      • 800 BCE – 600 BCE, Homer, Odyssey 1.356
        ἀλλ’ εἰς οἶκον ἰοῦσα τὰ σ’ αὐτῆς ἔργα κόμιζε
        all’ eis oîkon ioûsa tà s’ autês érga kómize
        But go to thy chamber, and busy thyself with thine own tasks
    2. meeting house, hall; monument
    1. birdcage
    2. (astrology) domicile of a planet
  2. estate, inheritance
    • 800 BCE – 600 BCE, Homer, Odyssey 2.64
      οὐδ’ ἔτι καλῶς οἶκος ἐμὸς διόλωλε
      oud’ éti kalôs oîkos emòs diólōle
      and past all that is seemly has my estate been destroyed
  3. reigning house or family
    • 460 BCE – 420 BCE, Herodotus, Histories 5.31.4
      σὺ ἐς οἶκον τὸν βασιλέος ἐξηγητὴς γίνεαι πρηγμάτων ἀγαθῶν
      sù es oîkon tòn basiléos exēgētḕs gíneai prēgmátōn agathôn
      This plan which you set forth is profitable for the king's house

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