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Headword: Ἀσφαλτῖτις λίμνη
Adler number: alpha,4296
Translated headword: Bituminous Lake
Vetting Status: high
[A/the place] whence bitumen comes. Bitumen is a dessicative, like pitch. And doctors use this.
Also [sc. attested is the noun] ἀσφάλτωσις ["laying over with bitumen"], [meaning] pitching-over.
Search [also] under Adiabene.[1]
Greek Original:
Ἀσφαλτῖτις λίμνη: ἔνθα ἡ ἄσφαλτος γίνεται. ἄσφαλτος δὲ ξηρίον ἐστὶ πίττῃ ὅμοιον. χρῶνται δὲ ταύτῃ καὶ οἱ ἰατροί. καὶ Ἀσφάλτωσις, ἡ πίσσωσις. ζήτει ἐν τῷ Ἀδιαβηνή.
The headword phrase, "Bituminous Lake", was the ancient name for the Dead Sea: see e.g. Diodorus Siculus 19.98, cf. 2.48.6; Strabo 16.2.42.
[1] alpha 470. (Adiabene is in present-day Iraq, i.e. a different location for bitumen.)
Keywords: definition; geography; medicine; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 February 2002@14:39:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 6 February 2002@04:26:27.
Nicholas Fincher (Added note) on 15 July 2003@02:43:51.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 26 April 2012@07:16:04.
David Whitehead on 2 September 2015@05:39:55.


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