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Headword: *kasalba/s
Adler number: kappa,447
Translated headword: whore
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] prostitute. They were called whores, from what they do. They do not have lovers but summon them; they scare off the existing ones in order that they may take others. So [the term kasalbas arises] from summoning [kalei=n] and scaring-off [sobei=n].
Greek Original:
*kasalba/s: po/rnh. kasa/lbai de\ ei)/rhntai, a)f' ou(= poiou=si. kalou=si me\n ou)k e)/xousai tou\s e)rasta/s: sobou=si de\ tou\s o)/ntas, i(/na a)/llous la/bwsi. para\ to\ kalei=n ou)=n kai\ to\ sobei=n.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 1106; see also other lexica.
For the plural of this headword see kappa 446 (cf. also kappa 448); and for a more plausible etymology -- connected with the noun kash=s, hide/skin -- see J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 212-3 #469.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 March 2008@11:26:42.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 10 March 2008@12:25:59.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 11 March 2008@04:05:31.
David Whitehead on 28 January 2013@09:28:22.
Catharine Roth (tweaks) on 14 April 2013@02:03:45.
Catharine Roth (corrected cross-reference) on 17 April 2019@21:29:11.


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