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Headword: *)obeli/skos
Adler number: omicron,6
Translated headword: spit
Vetting Status: high
Also [sc. attested is the diminutive] o)beli/skos ["small spit"]: [meaning] a skewer.[1]
Xenophon [writes]: "someone from within struck with an ox-piercing spit right through the thigh of the nearest man."[2]
And [there is] a proverb: "the heat of the spit." In reference to those who choose the worse instead of the better.[3]
Greek Original:
*)obelo/s: kai\ *)obeli/skos, h( sou/bla. *cenofw=n: e)pa/tacen e)/ndon boupo/rw| tis o)beli/skw| diampere\s to\n mhro\n tou= e)gguta/tw. kai\ paroimi/a: *to\ qermo\n tou= o)belou=. e)pi\ tw=n ta\ xei/rona a)nti\ tw=n kreitto/nwn ai(roume/nwn.
[1] cf. Etymologicum Magnum 613.2. From the non-classical souvla (used here as the gloss) comes the modern Greek souvlakia.
[2] Xenophon, Anabasis 7.8.14 (web address 1).
[3] Again at tau 734; cf. Photius s.v. to\ qermo/n; Zenobius 6.19.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; historiography; history; medicine; military affairs; proverbs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 2 October 2002@01:26:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added x-ref and keyword; cosmetics) on 2 October 2002@04:58:56.
David Whitehead (modified translation) on 27 April 2003@04:21:33.
Catharine Roth (betacode cosmetics) on 27 October 2004@16:45:04.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 25 December 2009@19:18:39.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 26 December 2009@04:39:46.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 20 June 2013@05:17:47.


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