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Headword: *kh/lwn
Adler number: kappa,1516
Translated headword: stallion, he-ass
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] one who is hot for coitus.
Greek Original:
*kh/lwn: o( qermo\s ei)s sunousi/an.
LSJ s.v. II notes that kh/lwn is used to mean "he-ass" in Archilochus fr.43 West. By extension, given the association of donkeys with priapism, it is used to refer to Pan by Cratinus fr.321 Kock, now 359 K.-A. The extension is recorded in lexicography as early as Aristophanes of Byzantium, Nomina aetatum (fragmentum Parisinum) 19: "kh/lwn is one prone to sex, as a metaphor from rutting donkeys". The gloss "hot for coitus" is Philoxenus fr.514, and is repeated in the Etymologicum Gudianum, the Etymologicum Magnum, and codices of the Lexicon of Cyril.
cf. generally kappa 1517.
Keywords: comedy; definition; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 16 November 2008@10:42:26.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (typo, keywords, status) on 16 November 2008@18:18:56.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 17 November 2008@05:34:38.
David Whitehead on 21 February 2013@05:11:25.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 January 2015@08:43:02.
David Whitehead (coding) on 1 May 2016@04:46:08.


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