Wednesday 3 February 2016

A neat example from Hesychius

ἄβαρις· ὁ ἠπειρώτης καὶ μὴ ἔχων βᾶριν.

You cannot say fairer than the second part of the explanation. The lemma is not reported from elsewhere and is based on βᾶρις, a loan word of Egyptian origin, perhaps itself the origin of English 'barge'. LSJ's having no boat, landsman inverts the glossographer's order.

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