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Headword: *lai=ma
Adler number: lambda,185
Translated headword: laima
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] blood [ai(=ma]. [The word] has been counterfeited from laimo/n ["gullet"]. But some [sc. say that it is] lai=ma, that is a rush/swoop. Then again, though, certain people in Asia say this in reference to shameless and audacious men. Aristophanes in Birds [writes]: "and then there ascended to him from below, to the laima of the camel, Chaerephon the bat".
Greek Original:
*lai=ma: to\ ai(=ma. parapepoi/htai de\ para\ to\ laimo/n. oi( de\ lai=ma, toute/stin o(/rmhma. e)/ti me/ntoi tw=n peri\ th\n *)asi/an tine\s e)pi\ tw=n a)naidw=n kai\ e)kto/lmwn ou(/tw le/gousin. *)aristofa/nhs *)/ornisi: ka)=|t' a)nh=lqen au)tw=| ka/twqen pro\s to\ lai=ma tou= kamh/lou, *xairefw=n h( nukteri/s.
Aristophanes, Birds 1562-1564, with scholion to 1563.
The present headword (again at lambda 186) is a notorious crux in that context; for a full discussion see Dunbar (below), who prints laitma.
For 'Chaerephon the bat' cf. under nu 579, chi 160.
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 3 June 2009@06:32:18.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 4 June 2009@12:28:34.
David Whitehead (x-refs) on 5 June 2009@03:13:52.
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