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[…] which mortals call Dâlon, but the gods on Olympus the têlephanton "visible-from-afar” astron “star” of the dark earth
IMPLICIT ETYMOLOGY. See Δῆλος. Play on divine name vs human name : the divine name plays both on the former name of the island, Asteria (ἄστρον "star") and on its modern name Delos, in Doric Dâlos, meaning "visible" (τηλέφαντος "visible from afar"). The etymon of the modern name is replaced by a rare compound (not attested before Pindar in the current state of our documentation) used as an epithet of the former name.
See Callimachus, Hymn 4.36-40 (on Delos' former name Asteria), Hymn 4.53-54 (etymology of Delos' name).