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Headword: *libuko\n qhri/on
Adler number: lambda,494
Translated headword: Libyan beast
Vetting Status: high
i.e. a degenerated one. For they say that Libya[1] has many beasts but is waterless, and when all kinds [of animals] come together at a single drinking-place the result is that they copulate with each other and produce creatures that are degenerated and hybrid.
Greek Original:
*libuko\n qhri/on: oi(=on e)chllagme/non. fasi\ ga\r th\n *libu/hn qhri/a me\n polla\ e)/xousan, a)/nudron de\ ou)=san, sunerxome/nwn de\ pantodapw=n ei)s e(/na po/ton, ei)=ta a)llh/lois e)pibaino/ntwn, e)chllagme/na kai\ su/mmikta a)potelei=n zw=|a.
The headword phrase was (or became) proverbial: cf. Apostolius 10.75. Hesychius lambda947 has a briefer entry: "since [there are] deadly reptiles there, and as Libya has such beasts. Also [means he who is] of many forms."
[1] See generally lambda 493.
Keywords: aetiology; daily life; definition; food; gender and sexuality; geography; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 September 2001@04:29:36.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Set status) on 17 November 2003@16:40:04.
David Whitehead (augmemnted note and keywords) on 18 November 2003@03:03:40.
David Whitehead on 18 April 2013@07:28:55.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 29 May 2020@01:14:49.


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