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Headword: Asthma
Adler number: alpha,4155
Translated headword: panting
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] breath.[1] Also [sc. attested is the related verb] a)sqma/zein, meaning a)sqmai/nein, that is to breathe hard.[2]
Babrius [writes]: "as if one suffering from illness were in pain, pretending to pant."[3]
Greek Original:
Asthma: pnoê. kai Asthmazein, anti tou asthmainein, toutesti pneustian. Babrios: hoia tis nousôi kamnôn ebeblêt' ouk alêthes asthmainôn.
The first part of this entry is the same or similar in other lexica.
[1] See LSJ at web address 1.
[2] The verb a)sqma/zein is attested only in lexicography; a)sqmai/nein occurs from Homer on, in various genres.
[3] Babrius 103.3-4 (an elderly lion); again at sigma 938.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; medicine; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 31 December 2000@01:56:35.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 26 August 2002@05:09:54.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; betacode and other cosmetics) on 24 April 2012@07:21:15.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note 2, deleted two links) on 24 April 2012@21:44:08.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note and link) on 8 October 2013@01:38:09.
David Whitehead (cosmetic) on 8 October 2013@03:32:28.


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