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Headword: *bolbo/s
Adler number: beta,361
Translated headword: bulb, tuber
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes [writes]: "when you have eaten a bowl of bulbs".[1] In reference to the very lecherous. For bulbs [are] suitable for sexual intercourse.[2]
It is a kind of pulse, or also onion.[3]
Greek Original:
*bolbo/s: *)aristofa/nhs: katafagw\n bolbw=n xu/tran. e)pi\ tw=n lagnista/twn. e)pith/deioi ga\r ei)s sunousi/an oi( bolboi/. e)/sti de\ ei)=dos o)spri/ou, h)\ kai\ krommu/ou.
[1] Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 1092, with comment from the scholia there.
[2] On the Allium family as aphrodisiacs see e.g. Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 2.64B (2.65 Kaibel), 8.356E (8.53 Kaibel).
[3] For actual botanical identifications, including the purse-tassel hyacinth, see LSJ s.v.
Keywords: botany; comedy; food; gender and sexuality
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 August 2001@09:09:44.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 2 September 2002@05:33:19.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 8 September 2002@22:46:55.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 29 May 2012@07:09:57.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 28 June 2012@00:29:02.
David Whitehead (expanded some refs) on 14 January 2015@09:12:18.


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