Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2762 - κεραία
- a little horn
- extremity, apex, point
- used by grammarians of the accents and diacritical points. Jesus used it of the little lines or projections, by which the Hebrew letters in other respects similar differ from one another; the meaning is, "not even the minutest part of the law shall perish".
poet. κεν-αίη, ἡ, (κέρας)
1. horn, Nic. Th. 36, Opp. C. 3.476.
2. antennae of the crayfish or of insects, Arist. HA 526a6. 532a26.
II anything projecting like a horn: hence,
1 yard-arm, A. Eu. 557 (lyr.), Th. 7.41, IG 22.657, 1604.17, PMagd. 11.4 (iii B.C.), etc.; κ. καθελέσθαι, ὑφιέναι, i.e.lower sail, Plb. 14.10.11, Plu. 2.169b; opp. ἐντείνασθαι Call. Fr.anon. 382; ἀπὸ ψιλῆς τῆς κ. 'under bare poles', Luc. Tox. 19. projecting beam of a crane, etc., Th. 2.76, cf. 4.100, IG 11(2).161 A 90 (Delos, iii B. C.), Ph. Bel. 100.18, Plb. 8.5.10, Arr. An. 2.19.2. projecting parts of the hucklebone, Arist. HA 499b30. branching stake of wood, used as a pale in a palisade, Plb. 18.18.7, App. BC 4.78. horns of the ancilia, Plu. Numbers 13:1-33.
2. pl., horns of the moon, Arat. 785, 790.
3. in writing, apex of a letter, IG 2.4321.10 (iv B.C.), A.D. Synt. 28.27, cf. Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17, Antyll. ap. Orib. 45.57.4; ζυγομαχεῖν περὶ συλλαβῶν καὶ κ. Plu. 2.1100a; διὰ πάσης κ. διῆκον showing itself in every word of a speech, D.H. Din. 7.
4. leg of a pair of compasses, S.E. M. 10.54.
5. projecting spur of a mountain, Plu. Cat.Ma. 13; of the horns of Europe and Africa at the Straits of Gibraltar, Revelation 4:3 b.40 (Agath.); arms of a harbour, Philostr. VS 1.21.2.
6. = κέρας v. 3, wing of an army, Hld. 9.20.
7. pl., supposed teat-like projections inside the womb, Diocl.Fr. 27; but the Fallopian tubes, Gal. UP 14.11, Ruf. Onom. 194.
III bow made of horn, AP 6.75 (Paul.Sil.).
(WH, κερέα , v. App., 151), -ας , ἠ
(< κέρας ),
a little horn: of the point or extremity which distinguishes some Heb. letters from others (e.g. ד from ר ; DCG, ii, 733), Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17.†
κερέα , see κεραία .
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