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Headword: *murri/nh
Adler number: mu,1438
Translated headword: myrtle
Vetting Status: high
A species of plant.[1]
Also [sc. attested is] "myrtling", [meaning someone] desiring office. For the officials [sc. in Athens] are crowned with myrtles.[2]
The tree [in question is the] tamarisk.[3]
"[Then he called upon him to] take a myrtle in his hand and recite something of Aeschylus".[4] For the children used to sing at the symposia, having brought a twig of laurel[5] or myrtle.
Greek Original:
*murri/nh: ei)=dos futou=. kai\ *murrinw=n, a)rxh=s e)piqumw=n. murri/nais ga\r stefanou=ntai oi( a)/rxontes. to\ de\ de/ndron *muri/kh. murri/nhn labo/nta, tw=n *ai)sxu/lou le/cai ti. oi( ga\r pai=des e)n toi=s sumposi/ois klw=na da/fnhs h)\ murri/nhs labo/ntes h)=|don.
[1] Also mu/rtos, mursi/nh, mu/rrinos and mu/rtis. The fruit, the myrtle-berry, is called mu/rton which also means female genitalia (mu 1461). See Pliny, Natural History 15.122 for the various types of myrtle.
[2] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Wasps 861, where myrtles are mentioned; see again at psi 131. Likewise or similarly in other lexica: see the references at Photius mu601 Theodoridis, and generally LSJ s.v. murrina/w (not independently attested).
[3] An intrusion into this entry; see rather the preceding one, mu 1437.
[4] Aristophanes, Clouds 1364-5, followed by comment from the scholia there.
[5] Daphne, Laurus nobilis.
Keywords: botany; children; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; food; imagery; politics; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Carl Widstrand on 17 January 2000@11:20:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation and notes; added keywords; cosmetics) on 24 January 2001@10:12:04.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 16 November 2005@08:23:58.
David Whitehead (x-ref; tweaks and cosmetics) on 24 July 2009@09:09:12.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2; more keywords; cosmetics) on 29 May 2013@06:52:30.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 30 September 2020@23:49:24.
Catharine Roth on 30 September 2020@23:51:02.


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