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Headword: *diale/gousan
Adler number: delta,625
Translated headword: enlarging, picking open
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning her] building over.[1] For le/gein [sc. can apply to] to building.[2]
Also [sc. attested is the imperative] diale/gou, [meaning] dig through![3] Thucydides [sc. uses the word].[4]
Greek Original:
*diale/gousan: dioikodomou=san. le/gein ga\r to\ oi)kodomei=n. kai\ *diale/gou, dioru/ttou. *qoukudi/dhs.
For this verb (LSJ entry at web address 1) see also delta 623, delta 624. The present headword -- its present active participle, feminine accusative singular -- is quoted from Aristophanes, Lysistrata 720: "[her] picking open the mouse-hole", sc. in the roof, to escape, but with the vagina as secondary meaning. Besides the hint in the scholia ad loc. (kakemfa/tws, "used in a vulgar way") see J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 141 #155, and 168-9 #295 on the verb.
[1] An uncomprehending gloss (again at lambda 225), already in Photius. The scholiast's dioru/ttousan, "digging through", is what is needed; cf. n.3 below.
[2] cf. lambda 225. At Homer, Odyssey 18.359, le/gein is used of picking up stones for building walls: see epsilon 77 (and n.4 below).
[3] Hesychius similarly defines diale/cai by dioru/cai (aorist active infinitives).
[4] Adler notes Dindorf's view that this 'Thucydides' refers to another gloss, and certainly it cannot relate to diale/gou; but epsilon 77 may provide the link.
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Keywords: architecture; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; historiography; imagery; medicine; trade and manufacture; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 29 November 2000@22:44:35.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; augmented note; added keywords) on 26 March 2001@04:22:55.
Catharine Roth on 31 March 2001@20:13:54.
David Whitehead (restorative cosmetics) on 24 December 2002@03:26:54.
Catharine Roth (changed to betacode) on 26 December 2002@17:08:03.
David Whitehead (modified nn.2 and 4; cosmetics) on 24 July 2006@04:24:27.
David Whitehead (more x-refs; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 February 2011@10:16:15.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 29 June 2012@04:59:30.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 24 October 2015@07:56:34.


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