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Headword: *au)ai/netai
Adler number: alpha,4418
Translated headword: is wasting away
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning he/she/it] is drying out.[1] For au)=oi [means those who are] dry.
Also [sc. attested is the related noun] au(asmo/s, [meaning] dryness. The first [syllable] has a rough breathing.[2]
Aristophanes [writes]: "then the child wastes away."[3] And in another place: "so that I wasted away when I saw it."[4]
Also [sc. attested is the optative] au)ai/noito ["might he/she/it waste away"], [meaning] might he/she/it dry up, let him/her/it disappear.
In the Epigrams: "might envy waste away, but your glory yet increase."[5]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] *)Auai/nou li/qos ["stone of Dryness"], from corpses being dry. The stone of Dryness is at Athens.[6]
Greek Original:
*au)ai/netai: chrai/netai. au)=oi ga\r oi( chroi/. kai\ *au(asmo/s, chrasi/a. h( prw/th dasu/netai. *)aristofa/nhs: e)ntau=qa dh\ paida/rion e)cauai/netai. kai\ e(te/rwqi: w(/st' e)/gwg' hu)aino/mhn qew/menos. kai\ *au)ai/noito, chrai/noito, a)fanize/sqw. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: o( fqo/nos au)ai/noito, teo\n d' e)/ti ku=dos a)e/coi. kai\ *au)ai/nou li/qos, a)po\ tou= au)/ous tou\s nekrou\s ei)=nai. *au)ai/nou li/qos h)=n *)aqh/nhsin.
Notes:
[1] (cf. generally alpha 4421.) The headword is quoted from Nicander, Theriaca 339; same gloss in the scholia there.
[2] Because of crasis with the definite article o(.
[3] Aristophanes fr. 612 Kock, now 659 K.-A.
[4] Aristophanes fr. 613 Kock, now 660 K.-A.
[5] Greek Anthology 6.116.5.
[6] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 194, where this mysterious stone is mentioned.
Keywords: children; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; poetry
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 28 March 2002@21:40:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 11 April 2002@12:35:42.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; betacode and other cosmetics) on 30 April 2012@05:29:24.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 16 December 2014@23:30:16.
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