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Headword: *de/fein
Adler number: delta,297
Translated headword: to knead
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to grab someone by the genitals.
Also [sc. attested is] defo/menos ["kneading one's self"], meaning "peeling" one's organ.[1]
Greek Original:
*de/fein: to\ tou= ai)doi/ou tina\ a(/ptesqai. kai\ *defo/menos, a)nti\ tou= a)pode/rwn to\ ai)doi=on.
Likewise in ps.-Zonaras. See also delta 296.
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 24, where this middle-voice participle occurs (Web address 1). Compare the memorable translation into Latin at Catullus 58.5, where "our Lesbia... at the crossroads and in the side alleys peels back the descendants of great-hearted Remus."
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry
Translated by: William Hutton on 11 June 2003@12:42:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 12 June 2003@03:17:07.
Robert Dyer (ref. to Catullus) on 12 June 2003@04:02:41.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 19 June 2012@06:35:56.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 11 October 2015@07:01:51.


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