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Headword: *melea/gria
Adler number: mu,467
Translated headword: meleagria
Vetting Status: high
"[He] welcomed them with roots of meleagria and hearts of reeds."[1] But they are also called meleagra.[2]
Greek Original:
*melea/gria: r(i/zais au)tou\s meleagri/wn kai\ kardi/ais kala/mwn e)deciou=to. le/gontai de\ kai\ mele/agra.
The headword, presumably generated by the quotation given, is the nominative/accusative plural of a neuter noun meleagrion, which perhaps originated as a misinterpretation of me/li a)/grion "wild honey" eaten by John the Baptist (Matthew 3.4).
[1] Evidently an ascetic entertaining guests with food from wild plants. Quotation attributed to Symeon Metaphrastes by Adler, who notes that Angelo Mai (1782-1854) adduced PG 115.932a. See also mu 443 (Cyril?). Alternatively, in the TLG, see Menologii Imperiales Hagiogr., Fragmentum vitae deperditae sancti Euthymii 38.4; St. Euthymius' diet of wild foods is mentioned also at mu 117.
[2] Or melagria (mu 443).
Keywords: biography; botany; Christianity; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 3 May 2009@23:57:47.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another note; another keyword) on 4 May 2009@02:58:56.
Catharine Roth (augmented primary note) on 4 May 2009@11:22:00.
David Whitehead on 14 May 2013@08:46:49.
David Whitehead (coding) on 17 May 2016@10:29:02.


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