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Headword: *mw=lu
Adler number: mu,1326
Translated headword: moly
Vetting Status: high
An antidote; or a plant which protects against drugs, namely a wild rue.
Greek Original:
*mw=lu: a)ntipa/qion: h)\ bota/nh a)lecifa/rmakos, h)/toi ph/ganon a)/grion.
Likewise or similarly in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon: see the references at Photius mu643 Theodoridis.
Moly famously appears in Homer, Odyssey 10.305, as the herb which Hermes gives Odysseus: black root, milk-white flower, hard to dig up (unless one is a god), and an antidote against Circe's potions (see web address 1). For later applications of the word (e.g. to garlic or rue) see LSJ s.v.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; definition; epic; medicine; mythology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 21 November 2003@06:07:14.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 22 November 2003@13:24:16.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 24 June 2004@09:02:45.
David Whitehead on 28 May 2013@04:43:37.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 29 May 2013@00:09:37.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 14 April 2015@23:52:53.


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