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Headword: Χαλεπὸν χορίου κύνα γεύειν
Adler number: chi,18
Translated headword: [it is] dangerous when a dog tastes [the] afterbirth
Vetting Status: high
The covering of the foetus is called afterbirth [chorion]. Once the dogs have tasted this they scheme against the foetuses too, because of greed.
Greek Original:
Χαλεπὸν χορίου κύνα γεύειν: τὸ ἔλυτρον τοῦ ἐμβρύου χόριον καλεῖται. οἱ δὲ κύνες γευσάμενοι τούτου καὶ τοῖς ἐμβρύοις ἐπιβουλεύουσι, διὰ τὸ λίχνον.
For afterbirth see generally chi 405. The present headword phrase, which became proverbial (see Diogenianus 3.94 and other paroemiographers, comes from Theocritus, Idylls 10.11.
Keywords: children; daily life; definition; food; medicine; poetry; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 April 2003@07:21:41.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Raised status.) on 27 August 2003@13:26:19.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 22 April 2010@07:14:22.
David Whitehead on 7 November 2013@05:45:52.
Catharine Roth (tweaked headword translation, coded a title) on 28 April 2015@01:32:10.


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