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Ancient GreekEdit


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γέννᾰ or γέννᾱ (génna or génnāf (genitive γέννης or γέννᾱς); first declension (Poetic)

  1. Ancient Greek
    1. Synonym of γένος (génos)
      1. descent, lineage
      2. origin
        • 2nd century CE, w:Secundus the Silent, Sententiae. 15.
          γῆ γέννα πάντων
          génna pántōn
          the earth origin of everyone/everything
      3. offspring, generation
      4. family (children), race
    2. (of the Moon) coming forth
  2. Medieval (Byzantine) Greek: γέννα (génnaf (genitive γέννας); first declension
    1. childbirth (process of childbearing)
    2. family
    3. (of the Moon, expression)γέννα τῆς σελήνης (génna tês selḗnēs)”: moonrise (literally: the birth of the Moon)
    4. also see τὰ Γέννα (tà Génnan pl (genitive Γέννων); second declension (6th century CE): Christmas
      Synonym: τὰ Χριστούγεννα (tà Khristoúgenna)


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From Medieval Greek:

Further readingEdit

  • γέννᾰ in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • γέννα in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • γέννα in Slater, William J. (1969) Lexicon to Pindar, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter
  • γέννα in the Diccionario Griego–Español en línea (2006–2019)
  • Kriaras, Emmanuel (2001–), “γέννα”, in Επιτομή του Λεξικού της Μεσαιωνικής Ελληνικής Δημώδους Γραμματείας [Concise Dictionary of Medieval Vulgar Greek Literature (1100–1669) Vols. I–XIV] (in Greek), Online edition



  • IPA(key): /ˈʝ
  • Hyphenation: γέν‧να

Etymology 1Edit

From Byzantine Greek γέννα (génna) from verb γεννῶ. The Ancient Greek noun γέννα had a different meaning: “ancestry, descendant”‎)[1].


γέννα (génnaf (plural γέννες)

  1. birth (process of childbearing)
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Etymology 2Edit

Inflectional form of the verb γεννάω (gennáo) / γεννώ (gennó, to give birth).


γέννα (génna)

  1. 2nd person singular imperfective imperative form of γεννάω (gennáo). (also: γένναγε)
  2. 2nd person singular perfective imperative form of γεννάω (gennáo). (also: γέννησε)


  1. ^ γέννα in Λεξικό της κοινής νεοελληνικής [Dictionary of Standard Modern Greek], 1998, by the "Triantafyllidis" Foundation.