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Headword: Akanthias
Adler number: alpha,798
Translated headword: akanthias, prickly thing
Vetting Status: high
Not a type of cicada, but an epithet of a cicada, from its chirping in thistles. Just as "the chirper" [is] not a type of cicada, but an epithet from its chirping.
Greek Original:
Akanthias: ouk eidos tettigos, all' epitheton tettigos apo tou êchein en akanthais. hôsper kai ho achetas ouk eidos tettigos, all' epitheton apo tou êchein.
(Entry lacking, Adler reports, in some mss.)
See again alpha 4689, and cf. also tau 437. The entries have a polemical tone; some authorities did, evidently, define the akanthias as a distinct "type" of cicada: see Aelian, On the Nature of Animals 10.44, cited in LSJ s.v.
Keywords: botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 13 January 2000@22:57:57.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 14 February 2001@05:06:20.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 23 January 2012@05:33:25.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 20 January 2014@03:43:20.
David Whitehead on 3 May 2015@10:44:11.


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