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Headword: *su/kinon
Adler number: sigma,1324
Translated headword: fig-wood, made of fig-wood
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] feeble.[1] And [there is] a proverb: "fig-wood knife", meaning vexatious prosecution ['sycophancy'].[2]
Also another proverb: "fig-wood assistance", in reference to useless people/things.[3]
"But we sat there expecting the fig-wood assistance, the soldiers".[4]
[Note] that a 'fig-wood' [war]ship' signifies a cheap one. And see under 'even Mandron got'.[5]
Greek Original:
*su/kinon: a)sqene/s. kai\ paroimi/a: *suki/nh ma/xaira, a)nti\ tou= sukofa/ntis. kai\ e(te/ra paroimi/a: *suki/nh e)pikouri/a, e)pi\ tw=n a)nwfelw=n. h(mei=s de\ oi( kaqh/menoi th\n suki/nhn e)pikouri/an, tou\s stratiw/tas, prosdexo/menoi. o(/ti suki/nh nau=s to\ eu)tele\s dhloi=. kai\ zh/tei e)n tw=| e)ge/neto kai\ *ma/ndrwni.
[1] Likewise in Hesychius (sigma2233) and Photius' Lexicon (sigma683 Theodoridis), and cf. the scholia to Aristophanes, Plutus [Wealth] 946, from where the neuter singular headword is quoted. "The wood of fig trees is often soft and the latex precludes its use for many purposes": Wikipedia, web address 1.
[2] Likewise in Photius (sigma682 Theodoridis), though without the 'proverb' label there, and with a superior version of the glossing word: sukofanti/a rather than the Suda's sukofa/ntis. The phrase itself is reckoned to come from Attic comedy: Comica adespota fr. 905 Kock = 427 K.-A.
[3] cf. (e.g.) Apostolius 15.81.
[4] Quotation not identified by Adler but identifiable via the TLG as a close approximation of a passage in Synesius, Epistles 125. See on this Theodoridis' Photius edition, vol.II p.XCVII.
[5] From epsilon 49 (q.v.).
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Translated by: David Whitehead on 4 June 2013@09:09:54.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 5 June 2013@01:34:41.
David Whitehead (adjusted n.4) on 5 June 2013@03:24:11.
David Whitehead on 2 January 2014@06:04:35.
David Whitehead on 27 May 2016@03:18:55.
Catharine Roth (expanded note 1, added a link) on 24 April 2022@23:49:36.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 24 April 2022@23:53:29.


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