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Headword: *kata\ xeiro\s
Adler number: kappa,863
Translated headword: at hand
Vetting Status: high
They speak of water 'at hand' [kata\ xeiro/s], not kata\ xeirw=n or e)pi\ xei=ras, or in any other way. And whatever is easiest and handiest of all, [this] they call 'water at hand'. Teleclides in Amphiktyons [writes] thus: "first of all there was peace, just like water at hand".[1]
"Boy, fetch a garland; [and] let someone fetch water kata\ xeiro/s". And the [other speaker] says: "are we going to dine? Or what?". For in olden days garlands were draped around those feasting, shading the head from the fumes and heat of the wine.[2]
Greek Original:
*kata\ xeiro\s u(/dwr le/gousin, ou) kata\ xeirw=n ou)d' e)pi\ xei=ras, ou)de\ a)/llws pws. kai\ to\ r(a=|ston pa/ntwn kai\ eu)xere/staton, kata\ xeiro\s u(/dwr kalou=sin. ou(/tws *thleklei/dhs e)n *)amfiktu/osin: ei)rh/nh me\n prw=ton a(pa/ntwn h)=n w(/sper u(/dwr kata\ xeiro/s. fe/re, pai=, ste/fanon: kata\ xeiro\s u(/dwr fere/tw ti/s. o( de\ le/gei: deipnh/sein me/llomen, h)\ ti/. to\ ga\r palaio\n toi=s eu)wxoume/nois perie/keinto ste/fanoi, katayu/xontes to\ krani/on a)po\ th=s tou= oi)/nou me/qhs kai\ qe/rmhs.
The first paragarph here comes from Photius, Lexicon kappa393.
On this idiom see generally LSJ s.v. xei=r, II.4.h, 'of washing the hands before meals'.
[1] Teleclides fr. 1 Kock (1.2 K.-A.).
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 463-4 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. sigma 1069.
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Keywords: botany; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 August 2008@05:35:05.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 14 August 2008@00:53:27.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 14 August 2008@03:07:42.
David Whitehead on 6 February 2013@06:53:11.
David Whitehead on 3 September 2013@07:59:32.
David Whitehead on 29 April 2016@09:29:51.


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