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Chapter 3. Próbaton and the Homeric Economy
|Lat. bestia||>||Fr. biche ‘hind, doe’|
|”||>||Engandine becha ‘sheep’|
|Lat. animal||>||North Ital. dialects: nimal ‘pig’|
|”||>||other regions: nemal ‘ox’|
We may thus cite próbata among the groups of words subject to constant innovation. The special sense of próbaton derives from the local conditions of animal husbandry. The primary meaning, connected as it is with probaínō, cannot be interpreted except within the framework of a definite economic structure.