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Headword: Βλιμάζειν
Adler number: beta,341
Translated headword: to handle, to squeeze; to attempt
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Properly [this means] to touch the paunch and breast; which those buying birds used to do; like to press [θλιμάζειν ]. But others [say that] "handling" [βλιμάζοντες ] stands for maltreating. For they pluck and eat [them].[1]
"To squeeze" [βλιμάζειν ] [sc. means] to press with the hands. And to press honeycombs is said [to be] "to squeeze" [βλίσαι ].[2]
Also [sc. attested is the participle] βλιμάζων ["squeezing"], [meaning he] distilling the honey from the comb.[3]
Also [sc. attested is] βλιμάττομεν , [meaning] we test, we are keen on.[4]
Greek Original:
Βλιμάζειν: κυρίως τὸ τοῦ ὑπογαστρίου καὶ τοῦ στήθους ἅπτεσθαι: ὅπερ ἐποίουν οἱ τὰς ὄρνιθας ὠνούμενοι: οἱονεὶ θλιμάζειν. οἱ δὲ βλιμάζοντες, ἀντὶ τοῦ κακοῦντες. ἀποτίλλουσι γὰρ καὶ κατεσθίουσι. Βλιμάζειν, τὸ ταῖς χερσὶ διαθλίβειν. καὶ τὸ τὰ κηρία θλίψαι βλίσαι λέγεται. καὶ Βλιμάζων, ἀποστάζων τὸ μέλι τοῦ κηρίου. καὶ Βλιμάττομεν, ψηλαφῶμεν, ἐπιθυμοῦμεν.
Notes:
cf. alpha 3319, delta 566, theta 390.
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 530, where "handling" appears.
[2] From Harpokration (and Photius) s.v.
[3] Evidently quoted from somewhere but attested only in lexica.
[4] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Lysistrata 1164, where a variant of this verb appears.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 17 April 2002@22:14:28.
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David Whitehead (modified translation; added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 18 April 2002@04:13:42.
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