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ἀκρόδρυα

Postby Helikwps » Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:32 pm

Hi and thanks much for all the help and instruction this board has given me. I've always assumed ἀκρόδρυα meant fruit, with an occasional second meaning of 'first fruits' or the fruit grown on the upper branches of trees (hence the ἀκρό). But my print edition of Liddell and Scott goes on to say "esp. hard-shelled fruits", i.e. nuts in the parlance of Liddell's day -- which thinking back makes a lot more sense in the contexts I've seen the word used -- Lucian in the whale, banquet in Life of Aesop, Daphnis & Chloe family scene. Can anyone offer insight? Replies greatly appreciated.
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Re: ἀκρόδρυα

Postby mwh » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:28 am

No real insights to offer, but given that δρυς often refers to oak it’s natural enough that ακροδρυα refers to acorns and such. Both words have quite an extensive range, but as LSJ says, ακροδρυα can be differentiated from οπωραι.
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Re: ἀκρόδρυα

Postby Helikwps » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:35 pm

Thanks much mwh -- I hadn't realized the reference to oaks, that's a big help -- and I'll keep an eye out for the appearance of both words in the future. Much appreciated,
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