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Headword: *kwnofo/roi
Adler number: kappa,2279
Translated headword: pinecone-bearing
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning they who/which are] thyrsus-bearing.[1] For "cone" is the cluster-like fruit of the pine, which women used to bring with them carrying [it] in the rituals for Dionysus, because the cone is similar in shape to the human heart, and the Greeks [ = pagans] say that Dionysus is the overseer of people's hearts.[2] They did this then for some mystery ritual of their own.
"And the thyrsus pole, green and bearing a pine-cone."[3]
Greek Original:
*kwnofo/roi: qursofo/roi. kw=nos de\ le/getai o( botruoeidh\s tou= strobi/lou karpo/s, o(\n e)/feron ai( gunai=kes basta/zousai e)n tai=s tou= *dionu/sou teletai=s, e)peidh\ o(/moion tw=| sxh/mati to\n kw=non th=| tou= a)nqrw/pou kardi/a|, e)pista/thn de/ fasin *(/ellhnes th=s tw=n a)nqrw/pwn kardi/as to\n *dio/nuson. oi)kei/w| ou)=n tini musthri/w| tou=to e)poi/oun. kai\ qu/rsou xloero\n kwnofo/ron ka/maka.
Notes:
The headword, evidently quoted from somewhere (but attested only here), is nominative plural of this adjective.
[1] The thyrsus was a wand with a pine-cone at the top, carried in Dionysian rites as explained; see theta 613.
[2] The conical shape of the heart is remarked on by the late medical author Meletius, On the Nature of Humans p. 97 Cramer. The remarks made here do not appear to have been preserved elsewhere.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.165.4 (Phalaecus), also at theta 613.
Keywords: aetiology; botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; medicine; poetry; religion; women
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 21 February 2009@06:38:17.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, keywords, status) on 22 February 2009@01:26:27.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaks) on 22 February 2009@04:01:33.
David Whitehead on 15 March 2013@07:36:04.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 16 January 2020@00:49:28.

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