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Headword: Τέλματα
Adler number: tau,278
Translated headword: ponds, marshes, swamps
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the muddy ending-places [τελευταῖα ] of water. Or (?)foundations. But Isaeus called arable lands [this].[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "you would have rain water in the swamps." That is, in the wells.[2]
Greek Original:
Τέλματα: τὰ πηλώδη καὶ τελευταῖα τοῦ ὕδατος. ἢ βάθρα. Ἰσαῖος δὲ εἶπε τὰ γεωργήσιμα χωρία. Ἀριστοφάνης: ὄμβριον ὕδωρ ἂν εἴχετ' ἐν τοῖς τέλμασι. τουτέστι τοῖς φρέασι.
Notes:
cf. tau 277. "Ending-places" is apparently intended to suggest an etymology for τέλμα .
[1] (Isaeus fr. 170 Sauppe.) Likewise or similarly in other lexica; references at Photius tau138, where Theodoridis obelizes 'foundations' (βάθρα ) and mentions Coraes' emendations βατά and βάλτα .
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 1593, with scholion.
Keywords: agriculture; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 7 December 2013@01:29:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; tweaking) on 8 December 2013@04:37:13.
David Whitehead on 8 January 2014@04:31:45.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 1 April 2014@20:33:51.

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