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Headword: *diekperdiki/sai
Adler number: delta,911
Translated headword: to slip through and out like a partridge
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to run through, to escape, to deceive. From the [word] partridge (perdix), a crafty and evasive creature.
Greek Original:
*diekperdiki/sai: diadra=nai, e)kfugei=n, e)capath=sai. a)po\ tou= pe/rdikos, panou/rgou o)/ntos kai\ a)podidra/skontos.
The headword -- presumably quoted from somewhere, but attested only here -- is the aorist active infinitive of the verb diekperdiki/zw. Its two prepositional prefixes, dia and ek, are reflected in the translation above.
For singly compound e)kperdiki/sai see epsilon 562, from Aristophanes, Birds 768. As regards diaperdiki/zw (attested in the aorist infinitive diaperdiki/sai in Hesychius delta1213 and Etymologicum Magnum 269.37, regarded as a context-less fragment of Attic comedy) LSJ s.v. claims the Suda's diekperdiki/zw as its equivalent, though that does less than full justice to the double compound.
For partridges cf. pi 1041, pi 1042.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; zoology
Translated by: James Vradelis on 7 June 2004@09:55:14.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 7 June 2004@10:20:57.
Catharine Roth (augmented note, added cross-reference and keyword) on 25 January 2006@02:01:11.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 8 July 2012@06:56:34.
David Whitehead (tweaked and expanded note; coding and other cosmetics) on 2 November 2015@03:54:38.


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