ὀβελός

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly an alteration of βέλος (bélos).

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /o.be.lós/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /o.bɛˈlos/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /o.βeˈlos/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /o.veˈlos/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /o.veˈlos/
  • Noun[edit]

    ὀβελός (obelósm (genitive ὀβελοῦ); second declension

    1. a spit, rod
      1. (ὀβελὸς λίθινος) a pointed square pillar, obelisk
    2. a horizontal line
      • Lucianus, Essays in Portraiture Defended 24

    Usage notes[edit]

    The horizontal line was used as a critical mark to point out that a passage was spurious, but with one point below and one above (÷) (ὀβελὸς περιστιγμένος (obelòs peristigménos)) it denoted superfluous passages, especially in philosophical writings.

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    References[edit]

    • ὀβελός in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
    • ὀβελός in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
    • ὀβελός in Autenrieth, Georg (1891) A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges, New York: Harper and Brothers
    • ὀβελός in Bailly, Anatole (1935) Le Grand Bailly: Dictionnaire grec-français, Paris: Hachette
    • ὀβελός in Cunliffe, Richard J. (1924) A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect: Expanded Edition, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, published 1963
    • Woodhouse, S. C. (1910) English–Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language[1], London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited.