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Headword: *ai)gupio/n
Adler number: alphaiota,74
Translated headword: vulture, black vulture
Vetting Status: high
Thus the ancients [referred to a vulture], [i.e. ai)gu/pios] rather than gu/y.[1]
But [sc. also attested is] ai)gupiw=n in the [genitive] plural, [meaning] of vultures. Herodotus [uses the word].[2]
The nominative case [is] ai)gupio/s, [meaning] the vulture.
Greek Original:
*ai)gupio/n: ou(/tws oi( palaioi/, a)ll' ou) gu=pa. *ai)gupiw=n de\ plhquntikw=s, gupw=n. *(hro/dotos. h( eu)qei=a *ai)gupio/s, o( gu/y.
The headword is in the accusative case, evidently quoted from somewhere (perhaps Sophocles, Ajax 169).
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica. LSJ s.v. *ai)gupio/s suggest that "both words seem to be generic terms, but ai). is an older word chiefly found in poetry" (web address 1). However, more expert opinion regards only gu/y as generic, and *ai)gupio/s as the larger black vulture, Aegypius monachus: so Nan Dunbar in her commentary on Aristophanes' Birds (Oxford 1995) 517.
[2] Herodotus 3.76.3 (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; poetry; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Cindy Whitcomb on 14 May 2002@12:33:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; streamlined notes; added keywords) on 15 May 2002@05:42:51.
Catharine Roth (fixed links) on 20 May 2002@15:52:26.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 14 August 2009@07:10:31.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 11 May 2012@06:39:15.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 11 May 2012@23:57:16.


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