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« on: November 16, 2010, 10:33:38 AM »

This Greek word, "xronia" - does it mean "many," or, rather, "long" (like in "chronic disease")? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2010, 10:38:49 AM »

I think 'chronia' means years, and 'polla' means 'many.'

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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010, 11:00:45 AM »

I think 'chronia' means years, and 'polla' means 'many.'

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Thank you! I thought so, too, but one friend of mine says it's "long years" rather than "many years." (He is not Greek though, so I am skeptical about this "discovery" of his.) What is "polla," literally?
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 02:12:57 PM »

I think 'chronia' means years, and 'polla' means 'many.'

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Thank you! I thought so, too, but one friend of mine says it's "long years" rather than "many years." (He is not Greek though, so I am skeptical about this "discovery" of his.) What is "polla," literally?

It is "many", the English use of the word has evolved to  'poly' as in polygamy as opposed to monogamy. Hope that helps!
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010, 03:36:44 PM »

I think 'chronia' means years, and 'polla' means 'many.'

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You've got it.

Thank you! I thought so, too, but one friend of mine says it's "long years" rather than "many years."

I've never heard someone translate it as "long" years; only "many years."

(He is not Greek though, so I am skeptical about this "discovery" of his.) What is "polla," literally?

Many.  As used in the English language: polyglot (many tongues/languages), polyethylene (many ethylene molecules in the chain), polynomials (many terms), polygamy (many wives) and polyandry (many husbands), etc. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2010, 05:42:06 PM »

Thank you, Podkarpatska and Father George!
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