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Headword: Poikilôteros hudras
Adler number: pi,3084
Translated headword: more versatile than a hydra
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who are deceitfully [sic] or marveled at.
Greek Original:
Poikilôteros hudras: epi tôn dolerôs êtoi thaumazomenôn.
cf. Diogenianus 7.69, alongside the later paroemiographer Macarius Chrysocephalus 7.30. These comparanda make it clear that the Suda compiler probably wrote (or should have written) the adjective dolerw=n rather than the adverb dolerw=s, yielding the more coherent gloss "in reference to those who are deceitful or marveled at."
For words related to the adjective in the phrase, poikilw/teros ('more variegated/ decorated/changeable/versatile') see entries from pi 3079 to pi 3085 inclusive. For the hydra, a mythical multi-headed water serpent, see upsilon 56, upsilon 57, upsilon 58.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; mythology; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 19 September 2013@22:35:20.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule, status) on 20 September 2013@00:47:50.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 20 September 2013@04:18:59.
William Hutton (added keyword) on 20 September 2013@05:34:34.
David Whitehead on 23 October 2013@06:39:44.


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