ἀράχνιον

Validation

Yes

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

2 BC

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 anarrichāsthai "to scramble up" in Attic comes from arachnion "small spider", hence *arachniō, and with metathesis of the letters *anarrichō, the n taking the place of the r, and the i and the r, in return, taking the place of the n, and the ch moving 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 arachnē "spider" is derived from anarrichāsthai is also found (Etym. Gudianum, alpha 184).

Modern etymology

Unknown