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Headword: Λήθαργος κύων
Adler number: lambda,410
Translated headword: lazy dog, lethargic dog
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] one which fawns, but bites surreptitiously. With horses too, the careless and feeble and idle ones are called lazy/lethargic. There is also a particular [sc. medical] condition, with fever, [sc. called lethargy].
Greek Original:
Λήθαργος κύων: ὁ προσσαίνων μέν, λάθρα δὲ δάκνων. καὶ τῶν ἵππων οἱ μὲν ἀμελεῖς καὶ ἀβλεμεῖς καὶ νωθροὶ λήθαργοι καλοῦνται. ἔστι δὲ καὶ πάθος τι σὺν πυρετῷ.
Very similar entry in Hesychius and (showing that the headword phrase was, or became, proverbial) Zenobius 4.90 and other paroemiographers; and cf. lambda 178.
For the adjective contrast lambda 409.
Keywords: daily life; definition; ethics; medicine; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 April 2008@07:14:35.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 10 April 2008@20:24:39.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 11 April 2008@03:25:55.
David Whitehead on 17 April 2013@08:13:28.


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