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Headword: *eu)=stra
Adler number: epsilon,3756
Translated headword: singeing-pit
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a hair-removal place, or a fireplace. Aristophanes [writes]: "I was tuned with knuckles in the singeing-pits."[1] ['I was tuned'] meaning I was educated. From music.[2]
Greek Original:
*eu)=stra: to\ madisth/rion, h)\ h( flogi/stra. *)aristofa/nhs: e)n tai=sin eu)/strais kondu/lois h(rmotto/mhn. a)nti\ tou= e)paideuo/mhn. a)po\ th=s mousikh=s.
The headword (nominative singular feminine) refers to a pit in which the bristles were removed from swine (post mortem) by singeing. Compare Hesychius epsilon7216; Etymologicum Magnum 398.31.
[1] Aristophanes, Knights 1236 (web address 1), with comments from the scholia -- aimed mainly at explaining the metaphorical usage of h(rmotto/mhn (literally "I was fitted"); cf. eta 534. In this quotation the headword appears in the dative plural.
[2] That is, the metaphor is drawn from musical terminology.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: children; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; imagery; meter and music; poetry; politics; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 11 February 2008@05:36:39.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule, status) on 11 February 2008@11:16:36.
David Whitehead (corrected ref and link; x-ref; more keywords; cosmetics) on 12 February 2008@03:14:23.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 15 November 2012@04:43:55.


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