ἄβαξ

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Usually suggested to be of Semitic origin, such as Phoenician -𐤀‬𐤁𐤀‬𐤒 (-ʾ‬bʾ‬q) or Hebrew אָבָק (dust)[1], but Beekes finds this unconvincing.[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

ἄβᾰξ (ábaxm (genitive ἄβᾰκος); third declension

  1. board, slab
  2. reckoning board, abacus

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  2. ^ 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