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Headword: Κυρηβάσει
Adler number: kappa,2751
Translated headword: will head-butt
Vetting Status: high
'Head-butting' is the term for the battle with horns that goes on among insensate animals. Or the collisions of rams. Aristophanes [writes]: "but if he slips out in this way, he will head-butt against my leg." [Meaning] he would fight against his leg. Or he will fall, if he were to slip away, or flee.
Greek Original:
Κυρηβάσει: κυρηβασία λέγεται ἡ διὰ κεράτων μάχη, ἥπερ ἐν τοῖς ἀλόγοις ζῴοις γίνεται. ἢ αἱ πλήξεις τῶν τράγων. Ἀριστοφάνης: εἰ δ' ἐκκλίνει γε δευρί, πρὸς σκέλος κυρηβάσει. ἂν πρὸς τὸ σκέλος μαχεῖται. ἢ διαπεσεῖται, ἐὰν ὑποσταλῇ, ἢ φύγῃ.
Aristophanes, Knights 272 (web address 1), with comments from the scholia.
cf. generally kappa 2752.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; poetry; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 26 March 2008@10:19:49.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (typo, status) on 26 March 2008@21:47:14.
Jennifer Benedict (cosmeticule) on 26 March 2008@23:54:20.
David Whitehead (tweaks to tr; another keyword; cosmetics) on 27 March 2008@05:27:45.
David Whitehead (x-ref; tweaking) on 25 March 2013@07:50:40.


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