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Headword: Asphaltitis limnê
Adler number: alpha,4296
Translated headword: Bituminous Lake
Vetting Status: high
[A/the place] whence bitumen comes. Bitumen is a dessicative, like pitch. And doctors also use this.
Also [sc. attested is the noun] a)sfa/ltwsis ["laying over with bitumen"], [meaning] pitching-over.
Search [also] under Adiabene.[1]
Greek Original:
Asphaltitis limnê: entha hê asphaltos ginetai. asphaltos de xêrion esti pittêi homoion. chrôntai de tautêi kai hoi iatroi. kai Asphaltôsis, hê pissôsis. zêtei en tôi Adiabênê.
The headword phrase, "Bituminous Lake", was the ancient name for the Dead Sea: see e.g. Diodorus Siculus 19.98, cf. 2.48.6; Strabo 16.2.42. For "dessicative," see xi 64.
[1] alpha 470. (Adiabene is in present-day Iraq, i.e. a different location for bitumen.)
Keywords: definition; geography; medicine; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 February 2002@14:39:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 6 February 2002@04:26:27.
Nicholas Fincher (Added note) on 15 July 2003@02:43:51.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 26 April 2012@07:16:04.
David Whitehead on 2 September 2015@05:39:55.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 12 December 2020@22:42:42.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 12 December 2020@22:46:30.


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