ὠδίς

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The formation is similar to ἀκτίς (aktís), γλωχίς (glōkhís) and δελφίς (delphís) but the root is unclear. The word has been connected with ὀδύνη (odúnē, pain of body) but the long initial vowel has not been explained yet. Van Beek suggests a derivation from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ed- (to bite). Alternatively, the word may be of Pre-Greek origin, becuase of the suffix "-ῖν-".

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Noun[edit]

ὠδῑ́ς (ōdī́sf (genitive ὠδῖνος); third declension

  1. pangs or throes of childbirth (mostly in plural)
  2. that which is born amid throes, child
  3. travail, anguish (also of love)

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