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Ancient GreekEdit

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Of uncertain etymology, perhaps from νέω (néō, I spin), here meaning “to spin the thread of the mind”.




νόος (nóosm (genitive νόου); second declension

  1. mind
    1. perception, sense
    2. mind as used in feeling, the heart, soul
    3. the mind as used in resolving and purposing, will
  2. an act of mind
    1. thought
    2. purpose, design
  3. the sense or meaning of a word
  4. (in Attic philosophy) intelligence, intellect, reason
  5. (as named by Anaxagoras) the principle which acts on elementary particles of matter


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  • νόος in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • νόος in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • νόος in Autenrieth, Georg (1891) A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges, New York: Harper and Brothers
  • νόος in Cunliffe, Richard J. (1924) A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect: Expanded Edition, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, published 1963
  • νόος in Slater, William J. (1969) Lexicon to Pindar, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter