ἀδήν

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

Beekes suggests Proto-Indo-European *h₁en̥gʷ-ḗn, because *h₁n̥gʷ-ḗn would produce *endḗn by Rix Law (PIE *HRC > PG *e/a/oRC), and rejects the connection with Latin inguen ‎(groin) and Old Norse økkvenn ‎(thick, clodded).[1]

De Vaan prefers to derive it from Proto-Indo-European *n̥gʷḗn ‎(the naked one), from *negʷ- ‎(naked), preserving the connection with Latin inguen but excluding the Germanic forms.[2]

PronunciationEdit

 

NounEdit

ἀδήν ‎(adḗnf, m ‎(genitive ἀδένος); third declension

  1. gland

Usage notesEdit

  • Originally feminine, later masculine.

InflectionEdit

DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “ἀδήν” in Robert S. P. Beekes (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, volume I, page 21
  2. ^ “inguen, -inis” in Michiel de Vaan (2008), Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, pages 303-304
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