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Headword: *melanosurmai=on lew/n
Adler number: mu,459
Translated headword: black-purging people, black-purging race
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] black, and purging; syrmaia is a a barley drink.[1]
He is speaking about the Egyptians.[2]
Greek Original:
*melanosurmai=on lew/n: me/laina, kai\ surmai+zo/menon: surmai/a de\ kri/qino/n e)sti po/ma. le/gei de\ tou\s *ai)gupti/ous.
The headword phrase is in the accusative singular. It appears in the dative singular in Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 857, the scholia to which supply the Suda's primary gloss.
[1] cf. sigma 1666, sigma 1667.
[2] On the Egyptians and purging see Herodotus 2.77.
Keywords: botany; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; geography; historiography; medicine
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 March 2009@08:53:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 20 March 2009@00:29:16.
David Whitehead (another note) on 20 March 2009@04:17:37.
David Whitehead on 14 May 2013@08:01:19.


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