ἄβαξ

ἄβαξ, -κος
Grammatical information: m.
Meaning: `reckoning-board, board for drawing' (Cratin., Arist).
Origin: PG [a word of Pre-Greek origin]X [probably]
Etymology: Unknown. Loanword from Hebr. 'ābāq `sand, dust' (Lewy Fremdw. 173) is semantically weak; rejected by Masson Recherches 97. On the meaning Bruneau REGr. 80 (1967) 325-330. But s. Kratzsch WZHalle 23 (1973) 126 (Lat. LW [loanword] abacus.) Kuiper compared ἀμάκιον ἄβαξ. Λάκωνες H., but Fur. 221 doubts. If the comparison is correct, the word is Pre-Greek (prothesis, β\/μ).
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