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Headword: *oi)wnoi/
Adler number: omicroniota,167
Translated headword: birds of prey, omens
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] carrion-eating birds; or signs.[1]
They used to call all [omens] oi)wnoi/, including those which were not birds. "Attendant bird." Aristophanes [says this]. Since we are often accustomed to call some of the attendants lovely-footed and good-omened, considering whatever interprets a prophecy to be a bird.[2]
Greek Original:
*oi)wnoi/: sarkofa/ga o)/rnea: h)\ su/mbola. pa/nta de\ oi)wnou\s e)ka/loun, kai\ ta\ mh\ o)/rnea. qera/pont' o)/rnin. *)aristofa/nhs. e)pei\ polla/kis ei)w/qamen le/gein tina\s tw=n qerapo/ntwn kalo/podas kai\ kalloiwni/stous. o)/rnin nomi/zontes pa/nq' o(/saper peri\ mantei/as diakri/nei.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica (references at Photius omicron171 Theodoridis) and cf. a scholion on Homer, Iliad 1.5 (web address 1).
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 719 and ('attendant bird') 721 (web address 2), with scholion to the latter; cf. omicron 378, omicron 615.
Associated internet addresses:
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Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; epic; food; imagery; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 15 June 2005@01:37:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 15 June 2005@02:43:13.
David Whitehead on 8 August 2013@04:38:03.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 30 March 2021@00:51:33.


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