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Headword: *mhni/skous
Adler number: mu,959
Translated headword: menisci
Vetting Status: high
[A term applicable to] membranes, leaves [sc. of metal], [and] ornaments for round the neck/throat.[1]
Or the things which they place on statues, to prevent the birds perching and excreting. "Forge for yourselves menisci to wear, just like statues, if you don't judge us the victors." So he is saying "we intend to trample on you".[2]
Greek Original:
*mhni/skous: u(me/nas, pe/tala, peritraxh/lia ko/smia. h)\ a(\ e)pitiqe/asi toi=s a)ga/lmasi, dia\ to\ mh\ e)fiza/nonta ta\ o)/rnea a)popatei=n. xalkeu/esqai mhni/skous forei=n w(/sper a)ndria/ntes, e)a\n mh\ h(ma=s kri/nhte nika=n. fhsi\n ou)=n, o(/ti me/llomen u(mw=n katapatei=n.
The headword is here in the accusative plural, apparently drawn not from the Aristophanes passage quoted below but rather, via a separate tradition, from the Septuagint (Judges 8.21 according to Latte on Hesychius; Isaiah 3.18 according to Theodoridis on Photius).
For a quite different sense of it see already mu 958.
[1] Same glosses in other lexica (references at Photius mu403 Theodoridis); and cf. under sigma 897 ('golden collars').
[2] An approximation of Aristophanes, Birds 1114-1115 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. Photius mu404 Theodoridis.
J. Maxmin, "Meniskoi and the Birds", Journal of Hellenic Studies 95 (1975) 175-180, with
R.M. Cook, "A supplementary note on meniskoi", Journal of Hellenic Studies 96 (1976) 153-154
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Keywords: art history; clothing; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 14 July 2009@05:49:05.
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Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 14 July 2009@14:27:45.
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David Whitehead on 21 May 2013@08:42:15.
David Whitehead on 18 May 2016@06:48:03.
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