χέρι

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From Koine Greek χέριον (khérion), diminutive of Ancient Greek χείρ (kheír).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈçeɾi/
  • Hyphenation: χέ‧ρι

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χέρι (chérin (plural χέρια)

  1. (anatomy) arm (portion of the upper human appendage from the shoulder to the wrist)
    Της έκοψαν το ένα χέρι λόγω γάγγραινας.‎ ― Tis ékopsan to éna chéri lógo gángrainas.They cut off one of her arms due to gangrene.
    Ψηλά τα χέρια! Ληστεία!‎ ― Psilá ta chéria! Listeía!Hands (arms in this case) up! This is a robbery!
  2. (anatomy, more specifically) hand (part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist)
    Πλύνε τα χέρια σου πριν φας.‎ ― Plýne ta chéria sou prin fas.Wash your hands before you eat.
    Άσε το χέρι μου. Μου πονάς τα κόκαλα.‎ ― Áse to chéri mou. Mou ponás ta kókala.Let go of my hand. You're hurting my bones.
  3. (figuratively) handle (of a tool or implement)
    Πιάσε το χέρι του μπαστουνιού καλά, παππού.‎ ― Piáse to chéri tou bastounioú kalá, pappoú.Grab the handle of the walking stick tight, grandpa.
  4. (figuratively) coat (of paint)
    Θα περάσουμε τον τοίχο δύο χέρια χρώμα ακόμη.‎ ― Tha perásoume ton toícho dýo chéria chróma akómi.We will give the wall two further coats of paint.
  5. (soccer, figuratively) handball (offence of touching the ball with the hands)
    Ο διαιτητής σφύριξε το χέρι.‎ ― O diaititís sfýrixe to chéri.The referee blew the whistle for the handball.

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