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Headword: *katagigarti/sai
Adler number: kappa,498
Translated headword: to de-kernel, to de-pit
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to copulate with.[1]
Or meaning to cast down and separate [something] from agricultural grape-stones. The verb [is] context-dependent, so that in part it might be formed from gi/garta ["grape-stones"]: for katagigarti/sai does not signify 'to copulate with' in every case. Or [meaning] to press down. Grape-stones [are] the seeds of the grape.
Aristophanes [writes]: "[how much more pleasurable it is] to find a pretty young woman carrying wood... grab her around the middle, pick her up, throw her down and de-kernel her."[2]
Greek Original:
*katagigarti/sai: sunousia/sai. h)\ a)nti\ tou= kata\ tw=n gewrgikw=n giga/rtwn balei=n kai\ katamhri/sai. to\ de\ r(h=ma pro/skairon, i(/na a)po\ tw=n giga/rtwn to\ mo/rion h)=| peplasme/non: ou) ga\r diapanto\s sunousia/sai dhloi= to\ katagigarti/sai. h)\ kataqli/yai. gi/garta de\ ta\ th=s stafulh=s o)spriw/dh. *)aristofa/nhs: eu(ro/nq' w(rikh\n u(lhfo/ron me/shn labo/nt' a)/ranta katabalo/nta katagigarti/sai.
The headword, evidently extracted from the quotation given, is aorist active infinitive of the verb katagigarti/zw. See generally, on the sexual sense of this verb, J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 166 #285.
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Acharnians 275. This gloss also appears in Photius s.v.
[2] Aristophanes, Acharnians 272-275 (web address 1); the remainder of the entry is taken from scholia to these lines. See also omega 185.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: agriculture; botany; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; imagery; women
Translated by: Ryan Stone on 3 April 2008@21:42:28.
Vetted by:
Jennifer Benedict (modified hw, tr, expanded note, set status) on 3 April 2008@22:18:57.
David Whitehead (modified headword and tr; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 4 April 2008@03:27:21.
David Whitehead on 30 January 2013@07:06:16.


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