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Headword: Μόρυχος
Adler number: mu,1266
Translated headword: Morychos, Morychus
Vetting Status: high
[That] which is like a kind of Morychos and a sagma; a sagma [is] the weapon's covering.[1]
And [sc. there is] a proverb: 'more foolish/simple than Morychos'; in reference to those doing something foolish/simple. It is an epithet of Dionysus, from the [verb] μορύξαι , that is to stain, when they are harvesting, with the juice of the grape-clusters and with the green figs.
Greek Original:
Μόρυχος: ὅπερ ἔοικε Μορύχου γένος καὶ σάγμα. σάγμα δὲ ἡ θήκη τοῦ ὅπλου. καὶ παροιμία: Μορύχου εὐηθέστερος: ἐπὶ τῶν εὔηθές τι διαπραττομένων. ἐπίθετον δέ ἐστι τοῦ Διονύσου, ἀπὸ τοῦ μορύξαι, ὅ ἐστι μολῦναι, ἐπειδὰν τρυγῶσι, τῶν βοτρύων τῷ γλεύκει καὶ τοῖς χλωροῖς σύκοις.
See also kappa 1137, mu 1264, mu 1265, mu 1343, sigma 23, tau 822.
[1] From -- loosely -- the scholia to Aristophanes, Wasps 1142, where the phrase 'like Morychus' sagma' occurs (see web address 1).
[2] cf. Zenobius 5.13 and other paroemiographers (usually with μωρότερος rather than the Suda's εὐηθέστερος ).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: agriculture; botany; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; military affairs; proverbs; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 3 August 2009@04:18:13.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 3 August 2009@10:39:41.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 4 August 2009@02:52:51.
David Whitehead on 27 May 2013@05:56:46.
David Whitehead on 3 February 2014@06:47:13.


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