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Headword: Mantis
Adler number: mu,169
Translated headword: augur, mantis, seer
Vetting Status: high
Generically [sc. a priest], sacrificing priests in particular.[1]
[Note] that there is a locust slow to move and pale green, called a "mantis" [augur]; they divine auguries by noting its movements.[2]
Greek Original:
Mantis, genikôs, thuoskooi hierêes eidikôs. hoti estin akris duskinêtos, chlôra, kaloumenê mantis, hêstinos prosechontes tais kinêsesi manteuontai.
[1] The allusion is to Homer, Iliad 24.221, where i(erh=es occurs in the cited epic plural: "whether of seers that divine from sacrifice (ma/nties quosko/oi) or of priests (i(erh=es)". The lexicographer is attempting to set up an opposition between the two terms; cf. theta 591 (and mu 168 already for mantis).
[2] Repeated from alpha 3990 (q.v.).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; religion; zoology
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 12 April 2009@23:40:20.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, keyword, status) on 13 April 2009@01:22:26.
David Whitehead (more x-refs; tweaks and cosmetics) on 13 April 2009@03:21:46.
David Whitehead on 1 May 2013@06:20:54.


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