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Headword: *)apola/yeis
Adler number: alpha,3379
Translated headword: you will lap up
Vetting Status: high
If it is a)pole/yeis with the epsilon, that is a)polepi/seis ["you will peel"]. Having peeled the shell. Having peeled [her] just like an egg.[1] But if [it is] a)pola/yeis ["you will lap up"], [it means] you would quaff. From the metaphor of dogs, and any other creatures which drink by lapping. It later comes [to mean] you will enjoy, you will snatch eagerly, you will drag away. Homer [writes]: "to lap up with tongues".[2] And Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "knowing you will lap him up as quickly as you can".[3]
Greek Original:
*)apola/yeis: e)a\n dia\ tou= e a)pole/yeis, toute/stin a)polepi/seis. a)pole/yanta to\ le/mma. a)polepi/santa w(/sper w)ou=. e)a\n de\ a)pola/yeis, e)kpi/h|s. a)po\ tw=n kunw=n h( metafora\, kai\ o(/sa la/ptonta pi/nei. kai\ katastre/fei de\ ei)s to\ a)pokerdanei=s, a)farpa/seis, a)pospa/seis. *(/omhros: la/yontes glw/ssh|si. kai\ *)aristofa/nhs *nefe/lais: gnou\s a)pola/yeis o(/ti plei=ston du/nasai taxe/ws.
[1] From the scholia on Aristophanes, Birds 673-4 (web address 1 below), which has a)pole/yanta; cf. alpha 3386.
[2] Homer, Iliad 16.161; cf. lambda 173 and see web address 2.
[3] Aristophanes, Clouds 811 (web address 3).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; imagery; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 6 February 2001@07:37:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added keywords) on 18 March 2001@08:58:29.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 21 August 2002@05:20:41.
Catharine Roth (modified translation) on 2 February 2005@18:47:03.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 2 February 2005@18:48:16.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 18 October 2005@05:53:42.
Catharine Roth (updated links, added betacode) on 2 January 2010@21:37:53.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 3 April 2012@05:55:38.
David Whitehead on 8 August 2012@05:01:15.
Catharine Roth (tweaked links) on 16 September 2015@17:14:36.


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