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Headword: *te/nqais
Adler number: tau,313
Translated headword: gourmands, gnawers
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] gluttonous [persons]. For eating [is called] te/nqein. "When the boneless one gnaws its own foot." It should be written with a theta.[1]
Greek Original:
*te/nqais: li/xnois. te/nqein ga\r to\ e)sqi/ein. o(/t' a)no/steos o(\n po/da te/nqei. dia\ tou= q grapte/on.
From a scholion on Aristophanes, Peace 1009, where the headword -- dative plural of te/nqhs -- occurs (web address 1).
[1] Hesiod, Works and Days 524 (web address 2): cf. tau 308, where the verb is spelled te/ndei with a delta.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 December 2012@22:52:16.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 5 December 2012@03:13:31.
David Whitehead on 9 January 2014@04:04:32.


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