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Headword: *kuna/muia
Adler number: kappa,2693
Translated headword: dog-fly
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning she who is] most/very shameless. [Homer] has coined the word from 'dog' [kun-] and 'fly' [mui/a]. For the dog [is] shameless and the fly bold.
Greek Original:
*kuna/muia: a)naidesta/th. paresxhma/tike to\ o)/noma a)po\ tou= kuno\s kai\ th=s mui/as. o( me\n ga\r ku/wn a)naidh/s, h( de\ mui=a qrasei=a.
Homer uses the word as a term of abuse at Iliad 21.394 (Web address 1) and 21.421 (Web address 2) in reference to Athena and Aphrodite respectively. Cf. Aristonicus, De signis Iliadis on 21.394; Apollonius, Homeric Lexicon 105.12; scholia ad locc. More remotely: Hesychius kappa4561 and kappa4602, Etymologicum Magnum 545.47. The word is also spelled kuno/muia in later sources: kappa 2716 (= Hesychius kappa4602).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 12 March 2008@09:00:40.
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David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 12 March 2008@09:32:21.
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Catharine Roth (restored links) on 21 March 2013@00:55:49.
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