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Strong's #3388 - μήτρα

Root Word (Etymology)
from (G3384)
Parts of Speech
feminine noun
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  1. the womb
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 6897 ‑ קֹבָה (ko'‑baw);  7356 ‑ רַחֲמִים (rakh'‑am);  7358 ‑ רֶחֶם (rekh'‑em);  7698 ‑ שֶׁגֶר (sheh'‑ger);  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


(A), Ion. μήρ-τρη, ἡ, (μήτηρ)


1. womb, Hp. Prorrh. 2.24, Hdt. 3.108 (dub.l.), Pl. Ti. 91d, etc.: also in pl., Hp. Loc.Hom. 47, Vict. 1.30, Hdt. l.c.: the cervix including the orifice of the womb, Arist. HA 510b14.

2. a swine's matrix, reckoned a great dainty, μήτρας τόμοις Telecl. 1.14; μήτραν.. πωλοῦσιν, ἥδιστον κρέας Antiph. 220; ὑπὲρ μήτρας.. ἀποθανεῖν Alex. 193, cf. Plu. 2.733e, Ath. 3.96f.

3. metaph., source, origin, D.L. 7.46; μῆτραι τῆς ψυχῆς Ph. 1.441.

II core, heart-wood of trees, Thphr. HP 1.6.1. diseased condition of the wood, 'soft-wood', ib. 2.7.3.

III queen-wasp, opp. ἐργάται, Arist. HA 627b32,al. μ. χελωνίων, χελωνίοις, bolts for locks, BGU 1028.20, 26 (ii A.D.); μ. θύρας, = repagulum, Gloss.


(B), , in pl.,

register of house-property, at Tarsus and Soli, Arist. in POxy. 1802.58; sg., = κλῆρος, at Tarsus and Soli, Clitarch. ap. Hsch. (Cf. Skt. mâtrâ 'measure' and ἐρεσιμήτρη.)

Thayer's Expanded Definition

μήτρα, μήτρας, (μήτηρ), the womb: Luke 2:23 (on which see διανοίγω, 1); Romans 4:19. (Herodotus, Plato, others; the Sept. for רֶחֶם.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

μήτρα , -ας ,

(< μήτμρ ),

[in LXX chiefly for H7358;]

the womb: Luke 2:23 (LXX), Romans 4:19.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

Thieme (p. 40) quotes instances of this proper name from Magnesia (Magn 122 d.14—not later than iv/A.D.) and Hierapolis (Hierap. 80), proving that its occurrence outside Rome was well established, and consequently that the common identification of τοὺς ἐκ τῶν Ναρκίσσου (Romans 16:11) with the household of the well-known freedman of that name is by no means certain. Rouffiac (p. 90) cites also an ex. from Thasos IG XII. 8, 548, 2 : cf. Zahn Introd. i. p. 419, The word, as a plant-name, is probably derived from a Mediterranean tongue : for the termination -σσος cf. κυπάρισσος. As the plant is sedative, the influence of νάρκη upon the stem may be traced (Boisacq, p. 657).


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List of Word Forms
μήτρα μητραν μήτραν μητρας μήτρας metran mētran mḗtran metras mētras mḗtras
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