1) the head, both of men and often of animals. Since the loss of the head destroys life, this word is used in the phrases relating to capital and extreme punishment.
2) metaphorically anything supreme, chief, prominent
2a) of persons, master lord: of a husband in relation to his wife
2b) of Christ: the Lord of the husband and of the Church
2c) of things: the corner stone
Part of Speech: noun feminine
Citing in TDNT: 3:673, 429
Probably from the primary wordκάπτω kaptô (in the sense of seizing); the head (as the part most readily taken hold of), literally or figuratively: - head.
|(κεφαλὴ γωνίας) cornerstone||7.44|
|(τὴν κεφαλὴν κλίνω) lie down to rest||23.83|
|(ἐπαίρω τὴν κεφαλήν) have courage||25.160|
|(σωρεύω ἄνθρακας πυρὸς ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλήν) cause to be ashamed||25.199|
|(ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλήν) responsibility||37.102|
|(κατὰ κεφαλῆς ἒχω) have one’s head covered||49.16|
These two sites give similar information, with the definition from several dictionaries and statistics on the use of the word.
Perseus Digital Library
University of Chicago's Logion lexicon
Thayer's dictionary plus other information.
From this site's dictionary (in Italian)
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