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κλείς

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *kleh₂u-, *kleh₂us (nail, pin, hook - instruments, of old use for locking doors). Cognate with Latin clāvus (nail, pin) and Old Church Slavonic ключь (ključĭ, key).

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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

κλείς (kleís) (genitive κλειδός); f, third declension

  1. Something used to lock/unlock: key, bolt, bar
  2. A means to something: key
  3. The hook of a clasp
  4. collarbone
  5. The rowing bench of a ship (always in plural)
  6. A narrow strait or pass

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Usage notesEdit

There also exist the contracted forms κλεῖν (accusative singular) & κλεῖς (nominative & accusative plural).

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