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Headword: *)akanqi/as
Adler number: alpha,798
Translated headword: akanthias, prickly thing
Vetting Status: high
Not a type of cicada, but an epithet of a cicada, from its chirping in thistles. Just as "the chirper" [is] not a type of cicada, but an epithet from its chirping.
Greek Original:
*)akanqi/as: ou)k ei)=dos te/ttigos, a)ll' e)pi/qeton te/ttigos a)po\ tou= h)xei=n e)n a)ka/nqais. w(/sper kai\ o( a)xe/tas ou)k ei)=dos te/ttigos, a)ll' e)pi/qeton a)po\ tou= h)xei=n.
(Entry lacking, Adler reports, in some mss.)
See again alpha 4689, and cf. also tau 437. The entries have a polemical tone; some authorities did, evidently, define the akanthias as a distinct "type" of cicada: see Aelian, On the Nature of Animals 10.44, cited in LSJ s.v.
Keywords: botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 13 January 2000@22:57:57.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 14 February 2001@05:06:20.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 23 January 2012@05:33:25.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 20 January 2014@03:43:20.
David Whitehead on 3 May 2015@10:44:11.


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