ἕλμινς

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. The original nominative was probably ἕλμις (hélmis), with ἕλμινς being a back-formation from the oblique forms. There appear to be two related Indo-European roots: *kʷr̥mis, with descendants such as Sanskrit कृमि (kṛmi) and Proto-Slavic *čьrvь; and *wr̥mis, with descendants such as Latin vermis and Old English wyrm (English worm). However, since ἕλμινς has a "λ" instead of a "ρ", and also because of "νθ," Beekes argues for a Pre-Greek origin.

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ἕλμινς (hélminsf (genitive ἕλμινθος); third declension

  1. parasitic worm

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