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Headword: Κικόνιος οἶνος
Adler number: kappa,1601
Translated headword: Kikonian bird
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
['Kikonian bird'] and 'Kikonian wine'.
Greek Original:
Κικόνιον ὄρνεον καὶ Κικόνιος οἶνος.
Notes:
For Kikonia (Ciconia, Kikones), a region of southern coastal Thrace (Barrington Atlas map 51 grid F3), see already kappa 1600, and cf. omicron 655 (adjective, omega spelling). The present entry quotes, unglossed, two phrases pertaining to things Kikonian.
For the wine, Adler cited the Ambrosian Lexicon (897). See also Etymologicum Magnum 443.7-10 (s.v. Thasos), citing Homer on its excellence and noting that in general the Greeks called it Thasian (cf. theta 58, theta 59).
For the bird, the Suda lexicographer provides no context, but a plausible guess is that the passage gestures at species from the genus Ciconia, in particular the Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) or the more familiar and gregarious White Stork (Ciconia ciconia); cf. Peterson, et al., p. 46. The breeding ranges of both species cover Thrace, and one of their principal migration routes is through the Bosphorus (Barrington Atlas map 52 grid E2) to winter ranges in Africa.
Reference:
R. Peterson, G. Montfort, and P. Hollom, A Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993.
Keywords: agriculture; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; food; geography; zoology
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 16 July 2008@03:12:52.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (internal reorganisation; augmented note; modified keywords) on 16 July 2008@03:42:31.
David Whitehead on 24 February 2013@06:43:51.
David Whitehead (coding) on 1 May 2016@07:36:40.
Ronald Allen (added map notes, bird note, and bibliography) on 13 March 2018@22:15:39.
Ronald Allen (more nuanced language) on 14 March 2018@21:40:14.
Catharine Roth (italics) on 19 August 2019@20:02:30.

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