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Headword: Kichlizein
Adler number: kappa,1694
Translated headword: to giggle, to titter
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to eat fatty quail, or to laugh disruptively [or: arythmically].[1]
In the Epigrams: "giggling, sending out a whinny leading to marriage."[2]
Greek Original:
Kichlizein: to liparous ortugas esthiein, ê to gelan ataktôs. en Epigrammasi: kichlizôn eis chremetisma gamou prokeleuthon hieisa.
[1] The gloss is from the scholia vetera to Aristophanes, Clouds 983, where the headword infinitive occurs (web address 1). The proper meaning of kixli/zein is "to giggle", from ki/xlh "thrush", kappa 1693 (that is, to sound like a thrush); cf. also kappa 1695. As LSJ s.v. kixli/zw points out, the alternative definition construes the verb as "eating thrushes". See also under rho 55.
[2] Greek Anthology 5.245.1 (Macedonius the Consul): "you giggle...." (The addressee is feminine, but the Suda cites the verb as a masculine participle.) See another quote from this epigram, in which the poet scornfully rejects the advances of a courtesan, at pi 2058; cf. Madden (150-156).
J.A. Madden, Macedonius Consul: The Epigrams, (Hildesheim 1995)
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Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry; women; zoology
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 30 November 2008@01:27:03.
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