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Headword: *delfa/kion
Adler number: delta,205
Translated headword: suckling-pig
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a piglet.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "ah, wretched me, I have become a suckling-pig."[2] He said this because he had been scorched about the anus. Meaning singed.[3] For after the suckling-pigs had been sacrificed they singe them, in order to make them smooth.[4]
Greek Original:
*delfa/kion: o( mikro\s xoi=ros. *)aristofa/nhs: oi)/moi kakodai/mwn, delfa/kion ge/gona. tou=to ei)/rhken a)feuqei\s to\n prwkto/n. a)nti\ tou= flogisqei/s. meta\ ga\r to\ tuqh=nai ta\ delfa/kia flogi/zontai, i(/na yilwqw=sin.
cf. delta 204.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica.
[2] Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 237 (followed by comment from the scholia there). The present quotation of the line gives the verb in the wrong tense; it should be not perfect but future ("I will become..."). See text at web address 1.
[3] cf. alpha 4594.
[4] For delfa/kion in comedy as the hairy cunt of a mature woman see J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 132 #113. (The speaker in the present passage is a man about to be disguised as a woman.)
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine; religion; women; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 4 December 2001@08:42:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; modified keywords; cosmetics) on 5 December 2001@03:45:10.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 5 December 2001@14:31:08.
David Whitehead (x-ref; more keywords; tweaking) on 18 June 2012@07:18:06.
David Whitehead on 9 October 2015@09:13:06.


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