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Headword: *blh/xwn
Adler number: beta,338
Translated headword: pennyroyal
Vetting Status: high
[The same as] glh/xwn. Thus it is called by the Attic [writers].[1] It is a type of plant.[2] And thus Aristophanes calls [sc. trimmed female] pubic hair.[3]
Greek Original:
*blh/xwn: h( glh/xwn. ou(/tws le/getai para\ *)attikoi=s. e)/sti de\ ei)=dos bota/nhs. kai\ to\ e)fh/baion *)aristofa/nhs ou(/tws o)noma/zei.
See also beta 339.
[1] blh/xwn is the Attic form, while glh/xwn is the Ionic (and gla/xwn the Doric); cf. gamma 287.
[2] Pennyroyal, a plant of the mint family (Mentha pulegium), is native to most parts of Europe and has slightly hairy oval-shaped leaves and whorled clusters of deep purple or lilac blue colored flowers. It was esteemed by Pliny and other ancient writers for its powers of purification.
[3] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 89 (web address 1 below). See generally J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 135 #129: 'pennyroyal is used jokingly by Lysistrata to refer to the Boeotian girl's neatly depilated campus muliebris, with a clever reference to the smooth, fertile plains of that region'.
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Keywords: botany; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; geography; imagery; medicine
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 17 April 2002@21:16:01.
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