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Headword: *)argillw/dhs
Adler number: alpha,3775
Translated headword: clayey, clay-like
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] dirty.[1]
Or "clay-like earth" [a)rgilw/dhs gh=], [meaning] white and pure.[2]
"Beside the long road this clay vessel holds Democritus' dead cricket which sings with his wings."[3]
Greek Original:
*)argillw/dhs: o( r(uparo/s. h)\ *)argilw/dhs gh=, leukh\ kai\ kaqara/. a)kri/da *dhmokri/tou melesi/pteron a(/de qanou=san a)/rgilos dolixa\n a)mfi\ ke/leuqon e)/xei.
The headword adjective can be spelled in either of the ways illustrated here: see LSJ s.v.
[1] Likewise, according to Adler, in the Ambrosian Lexicon.
[2] Likewise or similarly in other lexica, including Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon. Perhaps stemming from the Arabian and Syrian gh=n ... a)rgilwdeste/rhn in Herodotus 2.12.3.
[3] Greek Anthology 7.194.3 (Mnasalces), an epitaph for a cricket owned by one Democritus; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 143) and (vol. II, 408-409).
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Keywords: biography; definition; geography; historiography; imagery; poetry; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 28 June 2001@23:17:17.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 29 June 2001@04:25:29.
David Whitehead (more notes and keywords; betacode and other cosmetics) on 10 April 2012@07:37:39.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 24 December 2014@01:15:57.
David Whitehead on 30 August 2015@08:26:05.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.3, added bibliography) on 7 January 2022@20:09:08.


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