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Headword: *tuflo/teros a)spa/lakos
Adler number: tau,1216
Translated headword: blinder than a blind-rat
Vetting Status: high
[sc. The saying arises] because of this creature having no eyes. Stesimbrotos says[1] that it was blinded by Ge [Earth], because of its destroying the crops; for it has very brutal teeth and a snout like a weasel's and feet like a bear's.
Greek Original:
*tuflo/teros a)spa/lakos: dia\ to\ mh\ e)/xein to\ zw=|on tou=to o)fqalmou/s. fhsi\ d' au)to\ *sthsi/mbrotos u(po\ th=s *gh=s tuflwqh=nai, dia\ to\ fqei/rein tou\s karpou/s: e)/xei ga\r o)do/ntas miarwta/tous kai\ r(u/gxos w(/sper galh=s kai\ po/das w(s a)/rktou.
cf. Diogenianus 8.25 and other paroemiographers. The creature is Spalax typhlus, the blind mole rat of Eastern Europe and Asia.
[1] Stesimbrotos of Thasos, FGrH 107 F18.
Keywords: aetiology; agriculture; daily life; historiography; medicine; mythology; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 3 November 2010@10:20:33.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 3 November 2010@18:07:39.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 4 November 2010@04:27:46.
David Whitehead on 15 August 2011@09:10:46.


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