Δημήτηρ

Ancient GreekEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

The second half is generally believed to be μήτηρ (mḗtēr, mother). The first element, δᾶ[1], is classically explained as the Attic/Ionic variant of an archaic Doric form of γῆ (, earth).

The supposed Aeolic form "Δωμάτηρ" is only attested through a reconstructed inscription from the 2nd century B.C. in Aigai. The inscription reads "[]ω[]ατρος," which has been read, as reported in Richard Bohn's "Altertümer von Aegae" as a genitive form of Δωμάτηρ. However, as Chantraine says, "The dialectal forms, notably Δωμάτηρ, don't offer any help to etymology," and it's disputable whether the inscription reads as such.

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Proper nounEdit

Δημήτηρ (Dēmḗtērf (genitive Δήμητρος); third declension

  1. (Greek mythology) Demeter

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "δᾶ" in Liddell & Scott 1940