σπάθη

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Most likely from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peh₂- (to draw) + *dʰeh₁- (to do; put). Cognate with Proto-Germanic *spadô, Hittite [script needed] (išpatar, spear).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

σπᾰ́θη (spáthēf (genitive σπᾰ́θης); first declension

  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)

Descendants[edit]

  • Latin: spatha (see there for further descendants)

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