ἀδάμας

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Often derived from ἀ- (a-, not) + δαμνάω (damnáō, conquer), as “indomitable”, but Beekes remarks that semantically this is strange and the word is rather a Semitic borrowing that was adapted by folk etymology; compare Akkadian 𒀀𒁕𒈬 (adamu) or 𒋤𒉘 (elmēšu [SUD.ÁG], a valuable stone, perhaps amber). Middle Persian ʾlmʾs (almās) is probably from the same source.

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

ἀδᾰ́μᾱς (adámāsm (genitive ἀδᾰ́μᾰντος); third declension

  1. adamant, the hardest metal (probably steel)
  2. a hard metal resembling gold
  3. diamond

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Adjective[edit]

ἀδάμᾱς (adámāsm, f (neuter ἀδάμαν); third declension

  1. (figuratively) fixed, unalterable
  2. not to be broken, inflexible

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