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Headword: *kleitoria/zein
Adler number: kappa,1767
Translated headword: to [touch the] clitoris
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] licentious touching of the female genitalia.
Greek Original:
*kleitoria/zein: to\ a)kola/stws a(/ptesqai tou= gunaikei/ou ai)doi/ou.
Same entry in Photius; similar ones in other lexica; see the references at Photius kappa763 Theodoridis.
cf. generally mu 1462.
The word kleitori/s and its cognates are post-classical. In the C5 BCE Stesimbrotos of Thasos claimed that twin sons of Kimon had been born e)k gunaiko\s...*kleitori/as (FGrH 372 F37, in Plutarch, Kimon 16.1); that is, ostensibly, "from a woman of Kleitor [in northern Arkadia]". Scholars have debated back and forth the question of whether -- as suggested by A.E. Raubitschek -- an obscene pun was intended. See e.g. J.K. Davies, Athenian Propertied Families 600-300 BC (Oxford 1971) 304; A. Blamire, Plutarch: Life of Kimon (London 1989) 163; R.D. Cromey, American Journal of Philology 112 (1991) 87ff.
Keywords: biography; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; medicine; women
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 13 February 2000@10:38:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note) on 28 March 2001@07:00:10.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 24 March 2011@07:42:29.
David Whitehead on 2 March 2013@07:44:52.
David Whitehead (coding) on 1 May 2016@09:01:48.


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