σπάθη

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Most likely from Proto-Indo-European *sph₂-dʰ-, whence also English spade, Hittite [script needed] ‎(išpatar, spear).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

σπάθη ‎(spáthēf ‎(genitive σπάθης); first declension spaqh spathe may be Romanised forms of Ancient Greek σπάθη.

  1. any broad blade, of wood or metal
    1. a flat wooden blade used by ancient weavers in their upright loom for striking the woof home
    2. a spaddle or spattle used for stirring, especially for medical purposes
    3. the paddle or blade of an oar
    4. the broad ribs
    5. the shoulder blade
    6. the broad blade of a sword
    7. a scraper for currying horses
    8. the stem of a palm-frond
    9. the spathe of the flower of many plants, especially palms

Inflection[edit]

Synonyms[edit]

  • (paddle or blade of an oar): πλάτη ‎(plátē)

References[edit]

  • LSJ
  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill