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Headword: Κιττῶντες
Adler number: kappa,1688
Translated headword: craving
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning they] desiring.[1] A metaphor from pregnant women; and since the bird [called] kitta ["jay"] is gluttonous and inquisitive in its greed.[2]
"Thus do I crave to go round the tablets with a shell."[3]
Greek Original:
Κιττῶντες: ἐπιθυμοῦντες. μεταφορὰ δὲ ἀπὸ τῶν κυουσῶν γυναικῶν: καὶ ἐπειδὴ ἀδδηφάγον τὸ ὄρνεον ἡ κίττα καὶ περίεργον εἰς ἐπιθυμίαν. οὕτω κιττῶμαι διὰ τῶν σανίδων μετὰ χοιρίνης περιελθεῖν.
[1] Masculine nominative plurals of these participles; see further next note; and cf. epsilon 440, kappa 1677.
[2] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Peace 497 (web address 1), where the headword participle occurs. For the kissa or kitta bird, see kappa 1683.
[3] From chi 596, q.v.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; women; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 22 July 2006@17:31:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 23 July 2006@06:48:58.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 26 February 2013@05:27:14.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 26 February 2013@23:45:17.


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