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Headword: *mazo/s
Adler number: mu,39
Translated headword: breast
Vetting Status: high
Properly [used] in reference to a man. And Homer [writes]: "he brought the bowstring to his breast, and the iron [point] to the bow."[1] But by misapplication [the word is used] also in reference to a woman.
Greek Original:
*mazo/s: kuri/ws e)pi\ a)ndro/s. kai\ *(/omhros: neurh\n me\n mazw=| pe/lasen, to/cw| de\ si/dhron. kataxrhstikw=s de\ kai\ e)pi\ gunaiko/s.
Grammarians such as Ammonius and Eustathius assert that mazo/s is used of a man's breast and masto/s of a woman's, but observed usage does not support this claim. See LSJ s.v. and cf. mu 250.
[1] Homer, Iliad 4.123 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; gender and sexuality; military affairs; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 May 2008@15:13:40.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 7 May 2008@03:34:23.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 26 April 2013@00:08:22.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 26 April 2013@03:11:16.


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