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Ancient GreekEdit


From Proto-Indo-European *(s)kér-ye-, ye-present from the root *(s)ker-. Cognate with Old English scieran (English shear), Old Armenian քերեմ (kʿerem, I scratch).




κείρω (keírō)

  1. I shear, shave, cut hair short
    • The Greek New Testament, Acts 8:32:
      ὡς πρόβατον ἐπὶ σφαγὴν ἤχθη· καὶ ὡς ἀμνὸς ἐναντίον τοῦ κείραντος αὐτὸν ἄφωνος, οὕτως οὐκ ἀνοίγει τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ.
      He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth.
    • The Greek New Testament, Acts 18:18:
      κειράμενος τὴν κεφαλήν ἐν Κεγχρεαῖς· εἶχε γὰρ εὐχήν.
      having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
  2. I ravage, waste
  3. I destroy, consume, devour
  4. I cut short, lessen, reduce


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