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Headword: *te/ndei
Adler number: tau,308
Translated headword: gnaws
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] eats. Hesiod [writes]: "when the boneless one gnaws his foot."
Greek Original:
*te/ndei: e)sqi/ei. *(hsi/odos: o(/t' a)no/steos o(\n po/da te/ndei.
Hesiod, Works and Days 524, quoted from epsilon 780; see also tau 313.
The 'boneless one' is conventionally understood as an octopus or cuttlefish; but for an argument that it is actually, here, the penis, see John Chadwick, Lexicographica Graeca (Oxford 1996) 15-16.
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Bobbiejo Winfrey on 21 July 2003@09:30:08.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added notes; augmented keywords) on 21 July 2003@09:54:04.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 1 May 2011@04:19:23.
David Whitehead on 9 January 2014@03:53:35.


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