Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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The following drop the stem vowel ο: γεραιό-ς aged, γεραί-τερος, γεραίτατος; παλαιό-ς ancient, παλαί-τερος, παλαί-τατος; σχολαῖο-ς slow, σχολαί-τερος, σχολαί-τατος; φίλο-ς dear, φίλ-τερος (poetic), φίλ-τατος ( cross319, cross11).

a. Some other adjectives reject the stem vowel ο and end in -αιτερος, -αιτατος, as ἥσυχος quiet, ἴσος equal, ὄρθριος early. These, like σχολαίτερος and γεραίτερος, imitate παλαίτερος, which is properly derived from the adverb πάλαι long ago. So μεσαίτερος, -αίτατος imitate μεσαι- in Hom. μεσαι-πόλιος middle-aged.

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Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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