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Headword: Bebalanômenon
Adler number: beta,214
Translated headword: constipated
Vetting Status: high
Meaning being restrained by excrement. Aristophanes: "do not overlook me having burst apart, nor being constipated" [1].
Greek Original:
Bebalanômenon: anti tou katechomenon hupo tês koprou. Aristophanês: mê me periïdês diarragenta, mêde bebalanômenon.
Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 369-70 (addressed by Blepyrus jokingly to Eilythyia, the goddess of childbirth), with comment from the scholia there.
The headword participle (accusative case, from the quotation) literally means "fastened with a bolt (balanos);" it has been used in this literal sense a few lines earlier in the play (l.361), to set up the joke.
cf. pi 2950.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; medicine
Translated by: Craig Gibson on 8 August 2002@17:06:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 9 August 2002@03:45:10.
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 24 May 2012@09:02:28.


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