ἐλαχύς

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *h₁léngʰus (light). Cognates include Sanskrit लघु (laghu), Latin levis, Old Church Slavonic льгъкъ (lĭgŭkŭ), Old English lēoht (English light).

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Adjective[edit]

ἐλᾰχῠ́ς (elakhúsm (feminine ἐλᾰ́χειᾰ, neuter ἐλᾰχῠ́); first/third declension

  1. small, short, mean, little
    • Homeric Hymn to Apollo 197
      τῇσι μὲν οὔτ᾽ αἰσχρὴ μεταμέλπεται οὔτ᾽ ἐλάχεια, ἀλλὰ μάλα μεγάλη τε ἰδεῖν καὶ εἶδος ἀγητή
      And among them sings one, not mean nor puny, but tall to look upon and enviable in mien.

Inflection[edit]

This is one of the two adjectives in -ύς, -εῖα, -ύ, along with λιγύς (ligús), that have a recessive accent in the feminine. See also θῆλυς (thêlus), ἥμισυς (hḗmisus).

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