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Headword: *te/ras
Adler number: tau,325
Translated headword: monster, portent, wonder
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] monstrosity, begotten against nature; or a sign.[1]
In the case of portents matter is the cause, because [such a thing] must [exist] in accordance with the quantity as well as the quality of the suitableness of matter; but matter of animals [is] the menstrual. So this [matter] endowed with quality, whether it is excessive or deficient or against nature, is the cause of portents.[2]
Greek Original:
*te/ras: para/plasma, para\ fu/sin texqe/n: h)\ shmei=on. o(/ti e)pi\ tw=n tera/twn h( u(/lh e)sti\n h( ai)ti/a, e)peidh\ dei= kai\ e)pithdeio/thtos th=s u(/lhs kata/ te to\ poso\n kai\ to\ poio/n: u(/lh de\ tw=n zw/|wn to\ katamh/nion. au(/th ou)=n h)\ pleona/zousa h)\ e)nde/ousa h)\ para\ fu/sin pepoiwme/nh tw=n tera/twn e)sti\n ai)ti/a.
For this headword see already tau 324 and again tau 326.
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica, and see also the scholia to Homer, Iliad 4.76, where the headword occurs.
[2] From John Philoponus, Commentary on Aristotle's de anima 14.5-8.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; medicine; philosophy
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 29 May 2012@08:37:08.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 30 May 2012@08:12:48.
David Whitehead on 9 January 2014@04:15:12.
David Whitehead on 27 May 2016@10:25:52.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 11 July 2022@23:27:28.


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