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Headword: *)esxa/rai
Adler number: epsilon,3244
Translated headword: coals, hearths
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the labia of the female genitals.
Greek Original:
*)esxa/rai: ta\ xei/lh tou= gunaikei/ou ai)doi/ou.
Aristophanes, Knights 1286, with the gloss from the scholia there.
The precise connotations of the headword are not self-evident: J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 143 #164 sees an allusion to cunnilingus but mentions an alternative: 'to derive the comparison from e)sxa/ra in its meaning of "scab" or "eschar" (as at Pl[ato] Com[icus] 184.4); this would thus be either simply a disgusting image or an actual reference to venereal disease, both not inappropriate for this description of the unspeakable Ariphrades [alpha 3940]. Whichever derivation we choose, e)sxa/ra as labia seems to have been a common term'.
For other senses of e)sxa/ra see epsilon 3242, epsilon 3243, epsilon 3245, and cf. epsilon 3246.
Keywords: comedy; definition; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 3 December 2002@04:56:01.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added cross-references) on 12 July 2003@21:09:32.
David Whitehead (added more x-refs) on 13 July 2003@04:57:54.
David Whitehead on 2 November 2012@06:11:37.
David Whitehead on 18 February 2016@04:30:58.


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