ἀράχνιον

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Word-form

ἀναρριχάομαι

Transliteration (Word)

anarrichaomai

English translation (word)

to scramble up

Transliteration (Etymon)

arachnion

English translation (etymon)

1. web; 2. (little) spider

Author

Aelius Herodianus

Century

II c. C.E.

Source

scholia in Aristophanis Pacem

Ref.

Schol. in Arist. Pac. 70d

Ed.

D. Holwerda, Scholia in Vespas, Pacem, Aves et Lysistratam [Scholia in Aristophanem 2.2. Groningen: Bouma, 1982]: 1-182.

Translation (En)

And the verb anarrikhāsthai "to scramble up" in Attic comes from arakhnion "small spider", hence *arakhniō, and with metathesis of the letters *anarrikhō, the n taking the place of the t, and the i and the r, in return, taking the place of the n, and the kh next to the ō. This is what Herodian says in the 16th book of the Peri tês katholikês prosôdias (Herodian III/1, 438).

Comment

Fanciful etymology using ad hoc permutations. The symmetrical explanation stating that arakhnē "spider" is derived from anarrikhāsthai is also found (Etym. Gudianum, alpha 184).

Modern etymology

Unknown.