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Headword: *kupta/zein
Adler number: kappa,2740
Translated headword: to lurk
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to spend time, to loiter,[1] to delay. "He was hidden in a wagon full of grass and was thus transported into the city, since no one expected anyone to be lurking in there."[2]
"Why do you lurk continually around the door?"[3] The 'continually' is an Attic superfluity. Aristophanes in Clouds [sc. is the source]. Also [it means] to take pains about something.
Greek Original:
*kupta/zein: diatri/bein, strageu/ein, a)naba/llein. o( de\ e)s a(/macan xo/rtou plh/rh e)kru/fh kai\ ou(/tws e)s to\ a)/stu e)sekomi/sqh, a(/te mhdeno\s e)lpi/santos e)ntau=qa tina\ kupta/zein. ti/ kupta/zeis e)/xwn peri\ th\n qu/ran; peritto\n to\ e)/xwn *)attikw=s. *)aristofa/nhs *nefe/lais. kai\ to\ peri/ ti ponei=sqai.
[1] The verb strageu/ein is a variant for straggeu/ein ('loiter'); the simplification of the double gamma in this verb is frequently attested in the manuscripts, but is often emended out of existence by modern editors; cf. sigma 1159; scholia to Aristophanes, Clouds 509 (see n.3), which seems to be the source for most of the information in this entry, apart from the first quotation. See also scholia to Aristophanes, Lysistrata 17; Hesychius kappa4656, kappa2115; Photius, Lexicon kappa1230 Theodoridis.
[2] Attributed by Adler to either Iamblichus or Aelian; now Iamblichus, Babyloniaca fr. 115 Habrich.
[3] Aristophanes, Clouds 509 (web address 1).
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Keywords: architecture; biography; botany; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; poetry
Translated by: William Hutton on 25 March 2008@09:02:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified n.2; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 25 March 2008@09:09:52.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 22 March 2013@07:44:27.
David Whitehead on 2 May 2016@13:03:47.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 14 March 2020@01:25:28.


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