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Headword: *mu=s leuko/s
Adler number: mu,1475
Translated headword: white mouse
Vetting Status: high
Domestic mice are very much impelled to mate, and especially the white ones; these are females. The proverb[1] is applied to those who lack self-control when it comes to sex.
Greek Original:
*mu=s leuko/s: oi( katoiki/dioi mu/es a)/gan pro\s th\n o)xei/an keki/nhntai, kai\ ma/lista oi( leukoi/. ou(=toi de/ ei)si qh/leis. e)pi\ tw=n a)kratw=n peri\ ta\ a)frodi/sia h( paroimi/a ei)/rhtai.
Same entry in Photius (mu619 Theodoridis), from Pausanias the Atticist (mu28).
[1] Apostolius 11.87, etc. For mice in other proverbs see mu 1471, mu 1477.
Keywords: daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 November 2003@09:45:33.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 7 December 2003@22:10:50.
David Whitehead (x-refs) on 24 June 2004@07:04:28.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, added keyword) on 15 February 2006@00:31:21.
David Whitehead on 30 May 2013@04:29:26.


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