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Ketos grece cete piscis kete plurale est eiusdem.


Ketos AC | Keotos B | Keothos e | Kedtos f

cete ABC e | cere f {'t' misread as 'r'}

kete AC e | Kete f {rubricated} | hete B {'k' misread as 'h'}

plurale AC | pl'rare B | pl'ale ms. e | pl'ele f

est om. B ef


Ketos is Greek and in Latin it is the cete fish, and its plural in Greek is kete.


Greek κῆτος /kêtos/ pl. κήτη /kḗtē/ "any sea-moster or huge fish; seals, tunny; sprouting cetacea" (LSJ); [[1]]. The word was adopted into Latin as cetos or cetus and commonly given the Greek plural cete, as indeed was noted by Simon. Lewis & Short gloss cetus "any large sea-monster; particularly a species of whale, a shark; dog-fish, seal, dolphin, etc."

As a man of the clergy Simon would have known the word from the Bible, cf. Vulgate, Genesis 1,21: creavitque Deus cete grandia – "And God created great sea monsters".

Wilf Gunther 09/12/13

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