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Headword: *ku/ttaros
Adler number: kappa,2787
Translated headword: cell
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the perforations of honeycombs and of wasps.[1] But Theophrastus says that properly the cell is the first-bloom of the pine, which is like a small ear of large wheat grains, and when it dries it balloons out and falls off.[2] So [Aristophanes] is saying that that the "cell of the sky" is vessel-shaped.[3]
The same Aristophanes in Thesmophoriazousai [writes]: "a penis similar to yours, bent like a cell."[4]
Greek Original:
*ku/ttaros: ai( tw=n khri/wn kai\ sfhkw=n katatrh/seis. *qeo/frastos de\ kuri/ws le/gei ku/ttaron th\n proa/nqhsin th=s pi/tuos, h(/tis e)sti\n w(s sta/xus mikro\s e)k mega/lwn purw=n, chraino/menos de\ qulakou=tai kai\ a)popi/ptei. oi(=on ou)=n a)ggeiw=de/s fhsi ku/ttaron ou)ranou=. o( au)to\s *)aristofa/nhs e)n *qesmoforiazou/sais: po/sqion tw=| sw=| proso/moion, streblo\n w(/sper ku/ttaron.
The same word is glossed with information from much the same sources in the previous entry, kappa 2786 (q.v. for further references).
[1] So the transmitted text here; the Aristophanic scholion (n.3 below) has, more intelligibly, 'of wasps' nests' (sfhki/wn).
[2] Theophrastus, Enquiry into Plants 3.3.8.
[3] Aristophanes, Peace 199 (web address 1), with information from the scholia thereto; cf. Hesychius kappa4747; Photius kappa1270 Theodoridis.
[4] Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 516 (web address 2); cf. lambda 271.
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Keywords: botany; comedy; definition; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry; science and technology; stagecraft; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 7 March 2008@07:05:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 7 March 2008@07:11:33.
David Whitehead (another note) on 25 March 2008@10:18:37.
David Whitehead (adjusted a reference) on 22 March 2009@11:48:51.
David Whitehead on 25 March 2013@09:46:44.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 25 November 2014@23:44:56.


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