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Headword: Ὑστριχίς
Adler number: upsilon,693
Translated headword: bristle-whip
Vetting Status: high
A whip [made] out of pigs' hairs. Aristophanes [writes]: "has the bristle-whip invaded you in the sides with a great army and laid waste[1] your back?." A bristle-whip is a wild animal; it has a pig's hairs which, when being pursued, it fires out like javelins onto the pursuers.
Greek Original:
Ὑστριχίς: ἡ ἐξ ὑείων τριχῶν μάστιξ. Ἀριστοφάνης: μῶν ὑστριχὶς εἰσέβαλέ σοι εἰς τὰς πλευρὰς πολλῇ στρατιᾷ κἀδενδροτόμησε τὸ νῶτον; ἔστι δὲ καὶ ὑστριχὶς θηρίον, τρίχας ἔχον ὑὸς ἃς ἐν τῷ διώκεσθαι ἐξακοντίζει κατὰ τῶν διωκόντων.
Aristophanes, Peace 746-7 (web address 1), with scholion.
Both this entry and the preceding one, upsilon 692 (q.v.), create confusion between the words ὕστριξ (the animal) and ὑστριχίς (the whip); see LSJ under both words.
[1] Literally, cut down the trees; cf. under alpha 840.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; imagery; medicine; military affairs; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 August 2010@10:45:55.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (link, status) on 18 August 2010@15:46:58.
David Whitehead (another note) on 19 August 2010@03:07:02.
David Whitehead on 1 December 2013@07:40:11.


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